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Hornbeam Maple*

Acer carpinifolium

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Hornbeam Maple (Acer carpinifolium) at Johnson Brothers Garden Market

Hornbeam Maple

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b


A rare but special small tree with leaves that look more like a hornbeam than a maple; beautiful shape when mature, quite dense, and good fall color; an excellent showpiece plant for the collector

Ornamental Features

Hornbeam Maple has dark green deciduous foliage on a tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. The pointy leaves turn outstanding shades of yellow and gold in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Hornbeam Maple is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Hornbeam Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Hornbeam Maple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Screening 
Fall Color 
Ornamental Features