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Tree of the Week 

Musclewood, or American Hornbeam, in a campus settingAmerican Hornbeam

Carpinus caroliniana--American Hornbeam, Ironwood, Musclewood 

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 
Height: 25 ft
Spread: 25 ft
Form: rounded 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: less than 12 inches 

Comments: Musclewood has a crisp-looking green leaf, that changes to red, yellow or orange fall color. The muscle-like bark is smooth, gray and fluted.  It  tolerates sun or shade and most soils if moist and well-drained.  Ironwood is sufficiently tolerant of pruning that it can be used as a hedge plant. It also makes a nice shade tree for smaller sites.  
American Hornbeam fall color potential

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