Carpinus caroliniana

musclewood, hornbeam, blue-beech

Betulaceae

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 30 ft    Width: 15-25 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      green,brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Fall color, interesting foliage, interesting bark

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Retain if in the landscape. Can be used as a specimen plant in areas not subject to root disturbance.
Considerations: Said to be difficult to transplant as it does not tolerate root disturbance. Grows slowly.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: acidic to neutral

Ecology

Wildlife:
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Larval plant for tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), striped hairstreak (Satyrium liparops), and red-spotted purple or white admiral (Limenitis arthemis) butterflies. Birds and other wildlife eat the seeds.
Native Habitats: river floodplains

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B

Other

Ethnobotany: Very hard wood.