Ironwood Tree

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We ship freshly dug bare-root plants, carefully packaged to arrive in excellent condition.

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Not Available,
Height At Maturity
Over 20 Feet
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
November Through April
Sun And Shade,
Drought Tolerant Plants,
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Reviews (3)

  • 5
    Ironwood trees

    Posted by Reba Thomas on 23rd Aug 2019

    Great friendly service. Nicely packaged and quick shipping. and all my trees where great

  • 5
    Ironwood trees

    Posted by Tommy Anderson on 22nd Aug 2019

    These look great around the driveway.

  • 5
    Great Plants

    Posted by Brandon Kilgore on 25th Sep 2018

    You have a very pleased customer. The trees are nice and was nicely packaged. And I love that it came with instructions

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Shipping Information

We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.

Shipping Dates
Ships November through April


Ironwood Tree - Carpinus caroliniana is a Compact, Thin Trunked Slow Grower

The Ironwood Tree, also known as the American hornbeam, is a favorite landscaping tree that attracts birds and other wildlife throughout the year. The Ironwood Tree has a compact shape with a thin trunk and a full, round canopy. The tree reaches heights of 20 to 40 feet wide with a canopy that is 20 to 30 feet wide. This tree grows in Hardiness Zones 3 through 9.

Often used in landscaping, the Ironwood Tree is suitable for shading small lawns and as an understory element in shaded areas. The tree has a slow growth rate of approximately 1 foot per year. As an ornamental, the Ironwood Tree offers extravagant foliage in both spring and autumn. In spring, crimson leaflets turn green, and the green leaves become deep red, orange or yellow in autumn. The flowers are catkins, and female Ironwood Tree produces winged seeds throughout the spring months.

 Ironwood Trees are Pest and Disease Resistant Landscaping Favorites for their Wide Canopies and Hardiness 

The trees prefer slightly acidic, moist soil that is rich in organic matter but can also tolerate wet soil. The trees are resistant to pests and disease, and hornbeams tolerate hot weather and flooded conditions. To successfully transplant the tree, wrap the root ball in burlap before planting it in spring. 

The simple, alternate leaves are dark green with serrated leaf margins and an elliptic or oval shape. The pinnate leaves grow from two to five inches long.

As the tree ages, it develops multiple trunks for ornamental addition to winter landscapes. Alternately, the tree can be trimmed to a central stem to produce a single log that has layers of foliage. Known as the ironwood tree, mature hornbeams have drooping branches that resist breakage.  

The subject of much mythology and even a prominent feature in many fantasy novels, Ironwood is so named due to its density, hardness, and significantly high weight. Bearing the mystical-sounding scientific name of Olneya Tesota, the Ironwood tree grows only in desert environments, specifically the southwestern United States and the northernmost part of northwest Mexico, specifically Baja California. At an average height of 33 feet and an average trunk diameter of two feet across, the Olneya is a towering and even slightly intimidating tree. Younger trees have smooth and also shiny back, while in older trees the bark is more cracked with a duller sheen. While the Ironwood tree is considered "evergreen," it does lose its leaves if the temperature falls below 36 degrees Fahrenheit. It is so specific to such a small location that the Ironwood tree is what is known as an indicator species, which is a species that is a meter for the general health of the entire environment and plants and animals within it. Ironwood seeds can be eaten and the wood is popular in the manufacture of items such as knife handles and game boards due to its smoothness, density, coloring, and grain. When sanded and polished, Ironwood begins to resemble the metal after which it was named.

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