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American Hornbeam

Carpinus caroliniana

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American Hornbeam

Carpinus caroliniana

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Special Features
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Fall Color
Tolerates Acidic Soil
Tolerates Wet Soil

Botanical Name

Carpinus caroliniana

Outdoor Growing zone


Mature Height


Mature Width


Sun needs

Partial Sun, Shade

American Hornbeam is a beautiful native tree that is an ideal choice for a smaller shade tree or ornamental tree for any garden. Not only does it have beautiful fall color, in reds and oranges, it is special because it will grow well in the shade of taller forest trees. This incredibly hardy tree will grow in zone 3 and in clay soils, so it is easy to grow almost anywhere. It prefers damp soil conditions, but not flooded soil.

  • Perfect native tree for natural planting
  • Unique ability to grow in full-shade beneath taller trees
  • Hardy to minus 40 degrees
  • Beautiful fall colors of yellow, orange and red
  • Easily grown in most soils

An easily grown tree, which reaches 20 to 30 feet tall, it has no pests or diseases and is a great choice as a tree for a smaller garden, or one where large trees cast a lot of shade. If you are looking for an easily-grown, interesting small tree with terrific fall color, the American Hornbeam has to be on the top of your list.

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