Scattered across temperate areas of the northern hemisphere, with most species populating east Asia, this fairly small deciduous genus is noteworthy for its hard timber, simple, neatly pleated leaves, hop-like fruiting clusters and understated elegance. Hornbeam’s urbane rich green foliage embellishes an undemanding long-lived habit that appreciates moderate moisture, but tolerates occasional dry conditions once established plus clay and alkaline soil.
Native to Japan, Korea and China, this slow growing, small rounded tree draws attention throughout the seasons. Lovely, large heart-shaped dark green leaves with doubly serrated margins and prominent veins cast a graceful aspect amid densely set branches. Big fruiting catkins and sizable cigar-style seed pods provide additional intrigue, while chunky winter buds and unique scaly, fissured coal-gray bark etch the cold weather landscape. Once utilized in crafting agricultural tools and furniture, Heartleaf Hornbeam’s undemanding habit can be planted as a sentinel, deciduous screen or small specimen in space-thrifty gardens and woodland settings where dappled shade plus organic-rich soil ensure its longevity.
Size: 20' 0" – 30' 0" high x 12' 0" – 15' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.