Hornbeam Tree

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Hornbeam Tree Description

Hornbeam Tree

The Hornbeam Tree, or Carpinus caroliniana as it is known botanically, is a deciduous hardwood shade tree. Native to eastern North America, the Hornbeam Tree is a member of the Betulaceae (birch) family.

Other names for this tree are blue beech, muscle beech, water beech, muscle tree, musclewood, and ironwood tree. The Hornbeam Tree's fluted trunk and branches look like muscle tissue. The Hornbeam Tree is best planted in the spring. Hornbeam Tree's average growth is one foot per year. Producing dark green leaves in summer that become a variegated orange in the fall against its blue-gray bark, The Hornbeam Tree is a beautiful perennial that will be a focal point of your home garden landscape.


Hornbeam trees care and maintenance

For best growing results, start your Hornbeam Tree from a nursery seedling. The Hornbeam tree is highly adaptable and can withstand some flooding, yet it is not good in drought conditions, so regular watering is a must. Other than watering, the Hornbeam Tree is relatively low-maintenance. Due to its medium size, this tree is resistant to most diseases and pests. The Hornbeam Tree is difficult to transplant since it has a sizeable expanding root system, so pick a spot where this tree can establish itself fully. The Hornbeam Tree can thrive in partial to full shade and tolerates full sun as long as it is watered. Ideally, this tree should receive four to six hours of sun daily. 

Hornbeam Trees s prefer moist, fertile, well-draining soil with acidic to neutral soil. This tree can grow in clay or loamy soil, yet poor drainage will slow its growth. To establish the roots of a seedling Hornbeam Tree, keep the ground damp during years 1-3 of its growing season. If turf grass is around your Hornbeam Tree, you may need to fertilize it since turf grass has shallower roots and out-competes the tree for nitrogen. If you do not prune this tree, it can form multiple trunks, so if you prefer a single trunk, prune out all trunks but the central leader. Also, prune out dead leaves and branches.


Since the Hornbeam Tree needs regular watering during dry spells. You may consider installing drip irrigation for summer maintenance. When the weather is too dry or scorching hot, give your Hornbeam Tree a deep soak once per week. Placing a layer of mulch over the tree's roots will help retain soil moisture. Hornbeams Trees tolerate a wide range of climate change, yet moderate humidity helps with optimal growth. Finally, you can prune your Hornbeam Tree to create a formal hedge or privacy fence.

The Hornbeam Tree is exceptionally resistant to pests and diseases; however, it can develop cankers, dead sections on the branches and bark, or leaf scorch. Maintain your Hornbeam Tree with the proper water amounts to prevent this. 

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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.

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