Larger Carpinus caroliniana (American Hornbeam), caliper 1.5/2"
Carpinus caroliniana (American Hornbeam) grown in a 15-gallon pot.
Fall foliage of Carpinus caroliniana (American Hornbeam).

Carpinus caroliniana (American Hornbeam)

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Carpinus caroliniana, commonly referred to as American hornbeam, is a small to medium understory tree that grows naturally along streambanks and rivers, as well as in a variety of forests environments. While it typically prefers partial to full shade, it can be adaptable to drier, sunnier sites. 

American hornbeam is a beautiful ornamental tree thanks to its fall foliage, which runs the full length of the rainbow from oranges and yellows to reds and purples. Not just a looker, however, Carpinus caroliniana is also an ecologically valuable selection, and attracts a host of pollinators, including swallowtail butterflies, as well as birds and small mammals to whom the tree provides cover and shelter. As a member of the ironwood group of trees, Carpinus caroliniana is noted for its dense, heavy wood that is so dense it actually sinks in water.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., Straight Species, and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Tree Height: Medium: 15 to 30 feet
Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun) and Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet, Medium, and Well-drained
Soil Type: Acidic, Rich Organic Matter, and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow and Green
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Keystone Plant, Fall Color, and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Shade Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, and Flood Tolerant
Garden Type: Wetland Restoration, Shade Tree, Rain Garden, Pollinator Garden, and Specimen Tree

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