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An underused tree that makes an excellent urban, street tree because of its full, dense canopy and little maintenance requirements.   A prolonged drought may cause dieback and can be remedied by occassional irrigation. 


Common Name: European Hornbeam
Botanical Name: Carpinus
Type: Deciduous tree
Growth Rate: Slow
Soil Preference: Tolerates drought and occasional wetness and will grow in dry to wet soils but prefers well-drained/loamy, sandy or clay soils with a pH of acidic to alkaline.
Light Requirements: Full sun, partial sun, partial shade
Attributes: Pest tolerant; makes a good street tree, screen, specimen or espalier
Pests: Relatively pest free but Japanese Beetles may sometimes chew on the foliage.
Diseases: None extremely serious but leaf spots, canker and powdery mildew may sometimes infect the tree
Care: Little or no pruning is required for this tree.   Fertilize with Holly-tone, Plant-tone or a water-soluble fertilizer according to the directions.

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Carpinus betulus 'Lucas'
Lucas Pyramidal European Hornbeam
zones 4-7
Description: A better cultivar then the common Pyramidal Hornbeam with dark green summer foliage and reddish new growth. The  narrow, slender habit with a columnar shape, allows it to be shaped into hedges, arches or topiary. Foliage turns yellow-orange in fall. Tolerates drought and urban conditions.
Bloom Color: White (inconspicuous)
Bloom Time: Spring
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 15-25'
Spread: 10'

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Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'
Pyramidal European Hornbeam
zones 5-8
Description:  Dense columnar tree when young becoming pyramidal with age.  Yellow fall color.  Catkins flowers.  Makes a good street tree.   Little pruning is required.
Bloom Color: White (inconspicuous)
Bloom Time: Spring
Foliage Color: Green, yellow fall color
Height: 25-50'
Spread: 15-25'

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