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Carpinus caroliniana /American Hornbeam

Carpinus caroliniana   / Carpinus caroliniana
Close-up of seed pods
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Close-up of seed pods

Close-up of foliage

Autumn color


Multiple trunks

Bonsai specimen

Unusal use of a native in a formal grouping in a botanical garden

Large number or hornbeams used in this garden design

Large size and number of inflorescence in zonen 7 on April 1st

Inflorescence present before leaves

Many flowers on many trees makes for an interesting sight

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Scientific Name: Carpinus caroliniana
Common Name: American Hornbeam
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: Has drooping branches on plants that are almost equal in height and spread make it a good plant for screens. It must be pruned yearly where the drooping growth habit will impede vehicular and foot traffic. Excellent tree for naturalistic settings. Produces interesting bark that peals in strips. Popular tree for bonsai work.