Outdoor Gardens, Featured Plant

Outdoor Gardens Featured Plant: American Hornbeam

Phillip Stutz, Olbrich Horticulturist
Sep 15, 2023


American Hornbeam

Plants with multiple seasons of ornamental interest are highly valued by gardeners. The American hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana, is such a plant. 

This small, native, understory tree can be found naturally in moist, deciduous woods. It exhibits an attractive, rounded form and could be planted as a specimen tree for shady sites in your home landscape or as part of a naturalized, woodland area. Hornbeams may also be planted as a hedge for an effective screen. They can easily be sheared to shape or hand-pruned (like we do at the Gardens) to maintain plants truer to their natural form.