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  • Carpinus caroliniana is a deciduous tree native to eastern North America, including regions such as the eastern United States and southern Canada. It is commonly found in woodlands, forest understories, and along stream banks.

  • American hornbeam is a small to medium-sized tree that typically reaches a height of 20 to 40 feet (6 to 12 meters). It has a slow growth rate and develops a compact, rounded crown. The tree's distinctive smooth, gray bark resembles flexed muscles, which gives rise to its alternative common name, "musclewood."

  • The leaves of Carpinus caroliniana are alternate, simple, and ovate with serrated edges. They are dark green during the growing season and turn vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red in the fall, adding visual interest to landscapes.

  • American hornbeam produces inconspicuous flowers in the spring. The male flowers are pendulous catkins, while the female flowers are small and appear in clusters. The tree is wind-pollinated, and the flowers give way to small, nut-like fruits that are encased in papery bracts.

  • Carpinus caroliniana is valued for its ornamental appeal and is often used in landscaping and naturalistic plantings. It thrives in moist, well-drained soils and is particularly suitable for shady locations. The dense canopy of the tree provides excellent shade, making it a desirable choice for creating comfortable outdoor spaces.
  • SPREAD 8-10 M
  • HEIGHT 8-10 M 

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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