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American Hornbeam

American Hornbeam

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Grows virtually anywhere with little effort! Golden flowers bring sparkle in early spring, and vibrant fall foliage only extends the year round show. Bluish-gray bark adds texture to your landscape, while Hornbeam’s grand canopy brings much needed shade to save on cooling costs. Hardy and requires next to no care on your part.

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American Hornbeam

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In early spring, the American Hornbeam is thickly decorated with yellow and orange flowers. The dense canopy is a generous giver of welcome shade and relief from the hot sun. 

Hornbeam trees can be easily grown in a variety of conditions. Your new tree will easily adapt to growing in wet or dry soil, doing well in soil ranges from heavy clay to sand … it can even be grown in shade! 

Birds and butterflies love the American Hornbeam... so you'll enjoy attracting winged beauty of all shapes and colors to your yard. 

When fall arrives, you'll enjoy an incredible display of yellow, orange and red foliage. 

Just plant your American Hornbeam Tree and watch it grow! It is pest and disease resistant, and does great in an urban environment where nasty smog can harm many beautiful trees. Very tolerant of high winds as well, making it resistant to storm damage. 

Plant American Hornbeam trees along the street or sidewalk and watch them reach for the sky. Their extremely strong wood makes them an excellent landscape tree in areas that are prone to high winds and winter ice storms. 

These trees are incredibly popular among landscape architects who want to quickly increase property value. Homeowners are catching on, too... which has only fueled the demand for this colorful tree.

Growing Zones: 3-9

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.
Mature Width: 15-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Fair
Botanical Name: Carpinus caroliniana
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 3-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 3-9
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Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

Tree to Door

Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your American Hornbeam can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

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Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
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It's Easy to Plant your American Hornbeam

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Hornbeam.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Hornbeam gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Hornbeam again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
By: Mary
The problem with receiving trees shipped when they are dormant is you don't really know the condition until the following year. Our hornbeam broke dormancy late and then only the bottom 1foot of the supposedly 5+ft tree ever leafed out.

By: RaymondMHorganSr
I would like to buy an American Hornbeam tree. Unederstand that you will put me down for one when you have one to sell. Call me at 614-459-0594. I live at 5571 BoulderCrest St., Columbus, Ohio 43235

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