Audubon® Native American Hornbeam

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We’re proud to introduce the National Audubon Society line of native trees that have been selected to help birds and wildlife in your area! The Audubon® Native American Hornbeam Tree (Carpinus caroliniana) features unique leaves with a delicate corrugated texture and double-toothed margins!

Bird-Friendly landscapes and small space, the new growth arrives in spring in red-purple then ages to green. Fall touches your tree and makes it explode into incredible fall colors, including reds, yellows and orange. You'll add an excellent butterfly resource tree with this choice, as the leaves are a larval host for many species.

A lovely native understory tree, it plays host to several species of caterpillars and other insects, including the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, the Striped hairstreak, and the Red-spotted Purple. Don’t worry about the bugs, birds love to eat them and feed their chicks! A member of the Birch family, it produces buds, catkins, and nutlets are held in lobed bracts that many birds and wildlife relish!

Planting and Application:

The American Hop Hornbeam is also an ideal Street Tree as it is very tolerant of urban conditions. Also suitable as an understory tree for naturalizing throughout woodland gardens. The strong wood makes these great windbreak trees and shelterbelts, supporting heavy snow loads and tolerating strong wind.

The Audubon website says these Bird-Friendly trees benefit and attract songbirds such as Chickadees, Titmice, Finches, Wrens, and Sparrows, but also Turkeys, Grouse, and Quail. Plus many types of wildlife looking for food, shelter and nesting.

  • Great Shade & Street Tree
  • Caterpillar Host Plant for Several Moth Species & Insect Larvae that Feed Birds
  • Unique Persistent Catkins & Decorative Seed Pods
  • Deep Yellow-Green Foliage
  • Very Strong Trunks & Timber

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This native Hornbeam prefers full sunlight but is also tolerant to partial shade or even full shade in hotter climates. Adaptable to moist or dry conditions, these are great all-around resistant and hardy trees throughout USDA zones 4 - 8.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade & Even Full Shade
  • Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil
  • Prefers Rich, Well-Drained Soil
  • Winter Interest & Low Maintenance Rounded Canopy
  • Prune While Dormant

Audubon® Native American Hop Hornbeam goes by many names, and you’ll wonder how you’ve missed this underutilized, bird-friendly native for your landscape! Don’t let it slip on by again, order yours today at!

Audubon® Plant Information

Bird-Friendly native trees and plants provide food and shelter for local and migrating birds, as well as other wildlife. By purchasing and planting native flora, you will support Audubon's conservation mission and impact, while helping birds and wildlife thrive!

  • Grown Without Neonicotinoids
  • Audubon® is Licensed & Registered to the National Audubon Society
  • May Not Be Available in Non-Native Regions, States or Countries - Check Here
  • Audubon® Native Plants & Trees are Exclusively Grown by Bower & Branch

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Audubon® Native American Hornbeam Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Audubon Native Plants & Trees
Botanical Name Carpinus caroliniana
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 20 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Full Shade
Soil Adaptable to Most Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Color Red, Purple, Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No