CARPINUS CAROLINIANA (ironwood) - Single Plants
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This offering is for single plants of this variety. These are growing in tube sleeves of 4” deep x 2.25” diameter.

CARPINUS CAROLINIANA (ironwood or hornbeam): 


Easily grown in average, medium moisture soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, organically rich soils.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Carpinus caroliniana, commonly called American hornbeam or Ironwood, is a slow-growing, deciduous, small to medium-sized understory tree with an attractive globular form. It is typically found in rich moist woods, valleys, ravine bottoms and rocky slopes along streams. Typically grows 20-35' tall. The smooth, gray trunk and larger branches of a mature tree exhibit a distinctive muscle-like fluting that has given rise to another common name of musclewood for this tree. Flowers appear in spring in separate male and female catkins, with the female catkins giving way to distinctive clusters of winged nutlets. Serrated, elliptic-oval, dark green leaves often produce respectable shades of yellow, orange and red in fall. The extremely hard wood of this tree will, as the common name suggests, take a horn-like polish and was once used by early Americans to make bowls, tool handles and ox yokes. Commercial use of hornbeam wood is not practicable, however, due to the limited amount of wood that can be harvested per tree.

Native Range: Eastern North America
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 20 to 35 feet
Spread: 20 to 35 feet
Bloom Time: Spring
Bloom Description: White (female), Green (male)
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Street Tree, Naturalize
Flower: Insignificant
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Birds
Tolerate: Clay Soil, Black Walnut
  • Item #: GSP-Ironwood12520

CARPINUS CAROLINIANA (ironwood) - Single Plants

Price: $10.00
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