American hornbeam Carpinus caroliniana

American hornbeam


C. caroliniana is a small, deciduous tree to around 10m tall with branches that droop at the tips and fluted, grey bark. The bright green leaves are ovate, serrated and prominently veined and turn shades of orange, yellow and red in autumn. Green catkins borne in spring are followed by fruiting clusters around 7cm longin autumn

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      American hornbeam blue beech ironwood water beech see more

    • Common names

      Carpinus americana

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Foliage type


    • Height

      8-12 metres

    • Spread

      wider than 8 metres

    • Hardiness zones


  • sunLight

    Full Sun, Partial Shade

  • scissorsPruning

    group 1

  • bambooSoil

    SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Hardiness zone

      Low Maintenance

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propagate by seed, softwood cuttings or by grafting

  • insectPests

    Generally trouble free

  • microbeDiseases

    Generally trouble free