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‘Caroliniana’ is a healthier eastern-states cousin from the birch family, lacking the insect and disease problems that plague the species at large. Here is a pleasing small-to-medium tree with fresh green summer foliage and a show of yellow to either orange or fire-engine red come fall.

When mature, the shape can range from rounded to a broader, elliptical form. Its biggest benefit is its surprising shade tolerance — it will thrive, even under the canopy of other trees — but will be happiest in partial shade. ‘Caroliniana’ likes wet feet (though it can tolerate a semi-dry spot) and is partial to a slightly acid-to-neutral soil pH.

If you live near a wooded area, you can count on attracting a variety of desirable game birds (wild turkey, pheasant, ruffled grouse), which will seek out the seeds and buds. Perfect as a windbreak because of its supreme resistance to splitting, and just grand-looking when planted as a grove.

Zones 4-8.


Plant Facts

Family Carpinus caroliniana
Foliage Green
Mature Height 20 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Soil Well Drained
Zones 4-8
Mature Form Wide Spreading
Growth Rate Slow
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Full Shade
Flower Color Inconspicuous
Fall Color Scarlet

American Hornbeam.

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The American hornbeams I have in my backyard have formed a nice looking border that blocks off a school playground behind my house. They take very little care and are nice and thick.
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known by the common names of Musclewood, Ironwood, Blue Beech, and Water Beech trees. The word "hornbeam" comes from the words "horn" for "toughness" and "beam" an old English word for "tree" and refers to this trees very hard, tough, wood. This deciduous species provides nuts that are eaten by many birds.

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