Japanese hornbeam is one of the most elegant small trees for the garden. It forms a low wide spreading mounded-shape with a thin delicate layered branching habit. The bark is smooth and ashy gray. The leaves are very attractive with toothed edges and prominent veins giving a unique accordion like appearance. The fruit is a dry papery catkin that looks like hops. This lovely tree is tolerant of sun or shade and can make a great addition to a woodland setting.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: dark green
Great Color Partners: silver, gold, variegated
Culture NotesJapanese hornbeam grows best in full sun or light to deep shade. It is not fussy about soil as long as it is well-drained and it will tolerate sandy and clay situations. Once established it requires only occasional watering during dry weather. Very little pruning is needed to maintain its lovely layered habit. Only remove dead, broken or poorly formed limbs.
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Plant Type: tree
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to deep shade
Water Requirements: occasional watering