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 (Carpinus caroliniana)


Hornbeam Tree: Carpinus caroliniana, the hornbeam tree, is a deciduous landscaping tree native to the eastern United States. Gardeners love this tree, which grows in most USDA plant hardiness zones, for its compact shape, narrow trunk, and large, leafy crown.


The short-statured hornbeam tree is a cousin to a larger tree, the American beech tree. Like the beech, the hornbeam tree loves moist soil, full sun to filtered sun, and is resilient against drought.


Carpinus caroliniana is heat-tolerant, drought-tolerant, disease-resistant, and pest-resistant. Plant it in an appropriate location in soil amended with hardwood mulch and give it an inch of water each week. The hornbeam tree is undemanding and requires very little care.


How TN Nursery Customers Use the Hornbeam Tree in Their Landscape


TN Nursery customers love this adaptable, easy-care tree, putting it to use as a feature in the following settings:


  •      Butterfly garden or pollinator garden: The springtime flowers attract early-season songbirds, butterflies, bees, and moths.
  •      As a specimen in a small yard: The petite size of the hornbeam tree makes it the perfect specimen for a smaller property.
  •      Understory tree: Some pair the hornbeam tree in the filtered shade of taller species to fill empty spots in their yards. Because it loves partial shade, it's an ideal understory tree.
  •      Urban garden: The small scale of the hornbeam tree--especially its narrow trunk--means it can work in an urban garden setting.


Carpinus caroliniana Has Several Common Names


Besides hornbeam tree, you might hear these other names for Carpinus caroliana:


  •      American Hornbeam
  •      Blue Beech
  •      Ironwood
  •      Musclewood
  •      Muscle Wood
  •      Water Beech


The Hornbeam Tree Proves the Adage True: Great Things Really Do Come in Small Packages


Carpinus caroliniana reaches only twenty to forty feet tall at maturity, and the rounded canopy is about the same width. It has a slender, gray trunk that has a proportional appearance to the height and a ridged texture.


The leaves are a blue-green color on the top and paler underneath. Each leaf will be between three to five inches long and up to two inches wide. Leaves are oval, alternate along the stem, and have serrated edges. Small yellow flowers appear in the springtime.


Order Your Hornbeam Tree From TN Nursery Today


TN Nursery suggests the hornbeam tree for those who want a lovely, small tree that requires little care. Please place your order today.

Reviews (6)

  • 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.

  • 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
    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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