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Scientific Name: Carpinus caroliniana
Other Common Names: Ironwood, musclewood, blue beech
Under Power Lines:
Yes—this tree is approved for planting under power lines.
Street Tree Planting:
Yes—minimum planting strip width of 5 feet. If planting a street tree, you must be approved for a permit.
An attractive small deciduous tree, native to the eastern U.S., that works well under power lines and along the street. This tree produces an attractive dark green, wide-spreading canopy that turns orange and red in the fall.
American hornbeam leaf
Deciduous tree with dark green leaves during the growing season and nice orange and red fall color.
Small, non-showy orange flowers in spring.
Small nutlets, which turn from green to brown in later summer.
Tree grows well in full sun to shade and does well in most soil types.
Very few disease or pest concerns in our region. The American hornbeam requires structural pruning to maintain a single trunk.
Minimum Planting Distances:
- 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
- 5 feet from underground utility lines
- 10 feet from power poles
- 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
- 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
- 30 feet from street intersections
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