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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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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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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.

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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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 4323
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December 31, 2012
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.
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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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$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
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$99+ 28% of order total

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.