Hornbeam Tree

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Over 20 Feet
Planting Zones 3-9
November Through April
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Hornbeam Tree Description

Hornbeam Tree

Hornbeam 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 Tree has a compact shape with a thin trunk and a full, round canopy.

The Tree reaches 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 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. The Ironwood Tree offers extravagant foliage in spring and autumn as ornamental. In spring, crimson leaflets turn green, and the green leaves become deep red, orange, or yellow in autumn.

The flowers are catkins, and the female Ironwood Tree produces winged seeds throughout them.


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

The trees prefer slightly acidic, moist soil rich in organic matter but can also tolerate wet soil. The trees are resistant to pests and disease, and hornbeams tolerate hot weather and flooding 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. The hornbeam can be trimmed to a central stem to produce a single log with layers of foliage. Mature hornbeams have drooping branches that resist breakage.  

The subject of much mythology and even a prominent feature in many fantasy novels are so named due to its density, hardness, and significantly high weight. Bearing the mystical-sounding scientific name of Olneya Tesota, this Tree grows only in desert environments, specifically in 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, the Olneya is a towering and slightly intimidating tree.

Younger trees have smooth and shiny backs, while the bark is more cracked with a duller sheen in older trees. While this Tree is considered "evergreen," it does lose its leaves if the temperature falls below 36 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is so specific to such a remote location that the Tree is known as an indicator species. This species is a meter for the general health of the entire environment, plants, and animals.

 Wood is popular in manufacturing 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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Reviews (6)

  • 4
    Good quality but small

    Posted by BethAnne on Nov 30, 2020

    I ordered two bareroot ironwood trees as an anniversary present (6th Anniversary = Iron) for fall delivery. The trees arrived (zone 4) at the end of November. They were beautiful trees, clearly dormant, and shipped well package. Once shipped, they arrived quickly. Only complaint - I ordered and paid for two 3’-4’ trees, the ones received were just over 2’ WITH full roots included. Looking forward to seeing these start to grow come spring

  • 5
    Beautiful Healthy Trees

    Posted by Cassandra Hopkins on Dec 09, 2020

    The shipping was fast and the packaging was great. And the trees are amazing.

  • 5

    Posted by Cassandra Hopkins on Dec 09, 2020

    The shipping was fast and the packaging was great. And the trees are amazing.

  • 5
    Ironwood trees

    Posted by Reba Thomas on Aug 23, 2019

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

  • 5
    Ironwood trees

    Posted by Tommy Anderson on Aug 22, 2019

    These look great around the driveway.

  • 5
    Great Plants

    Posted by Brandon Kilgore on Sep 25, 2018

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


Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates
Ships November through April

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