Height: 20-35 feet
Bloom time: February, white
Growing conditions: well-drained soil. Part shade to full shade
Native range: Eastern North America
Attracts: Songbirds, small mammals
Fun fact: The hornbeam’s branches are strong and good for climbing. ☺
American Hornbeam 'Wisconsin red'
Low-maintenance understory tree for shady sites. New leaves emerging reddish-purple, turn to green and then brilliant reds and purples in the fall. Winter bark is blue-gray with long, sinewy ridges.
Wisconsin Red is know for especially brilliant red and orange fall colors. Hornbeam should be planted in the spring and does well along stream banks or other moist areas and in woodland gardens.