Plants for Summer: Trees


Carpinus caroliniana

Common name: American Hornbeam, Blue Beech
Zones of hardiness: 3 to 9
Height & width: 20 to 30’ high and over 65’ wide
Leaves: alternate, simple, defined ridges, jagged-edged and bright green; 2 ½ to 5” long, 1 to 2” wide
Origin: Southeastern United States

American Hornbeam performs well when planted in rich, moist and mildly acidic soil, with ample shade. It is widely adaptable to drier conditions. It can be grown as an understory tree and looks especially exceptional in a style of grouped plantings. The blue-grey bark with tentacle like branches give it a wide spread and attractive form.