A small, rounded deciduous tree, attractive throughout all seasons. The American Hornbeam’s branches are covered in simple, serrated leaves which are a reddish-purple in spring, a dark green as the season progresses before turning warm shades of yellow and a spectacular orange-red in the Autumn. The blue-grey bark with ridges becomes a wonderful addition the landscape in Winter. Carpinus caroliniana produces catkins of flowers in the spring which are then followed by distinctive clusters of winged fruits.
|Flower||Green catkins - Spring|
|Position||Full sun to partial shade|
|Soil type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand / Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral / Moist but well-drained|
|Rate of growth||Slow|
|Height and spread||6m x 9m|
|Origin||E N America|
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