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Tree of the Week: American Hornbeam

22 May, 2019 6
Tree of the Week: American Hornbeam

We are honoring the Red, White & Blue this week with the tried and true, American Hornbeam!

American Hornbeam is a widely adaptable small ornamental shade tree. Outstanding red-orange fall color sets this tree apart! You may actually know this tree by a different name, Blue Beech, Ironwood, or Musclewood— all inspired by its unique trunk and bark!

American Hornbeam is often used as an accent in the landscape due to its smaller size. However, it can definitely still be used as a small shade tree! It can be used anywhere from open spaces to parkways.

American Hornbeam

American Hornbeam Foliage

American Hornbeam

Reasons we adore this American beauty 

  • Chicagoland native 
  • Unique foliage (leaves) that emerge with hints of reddish-violet before changing to a dark green and then turns a vibrant red-orange color in the fall 
  • Small Tree (15-25 feet)
  • Extremely versatile in the landscape
  • Attracts wildlife

Check out this *VIDEO* slideshow of American Hornbeam in the nursery!

→ Head to our American Hornbeam product page to see more tree pictures and get tree stats.


American Hornbeam Product Page-

The Morton Arboretum Tree Description-

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