Street Trees Part 10 – Ostrya - Hop hornbeam , Chionanthus - Fringetree and Carpinus - European Hornbeam

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This week we look at what some choices for street trees that you may not have considered; Hornbeam, Hop hornbeam, and White Fringe Tree.


Carpinus caroliniana, Musclewood or American Hornbeam does well in partial shade and can tolerate wet soils.


C caroliniana

C caroliniana

Carpinus caroliniana ‘Autumn Fire’™, Autumn Fire Hornbeam is an upright grower and can be used as a street tree.

autumn fire


Carpinus betulus, European Hornbeam has been around for a while.


c betulus


Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’, Pyramidal European Hornbeam is heat and drought resistant and can make a nice street tree.


c betulus fastigiata


After many years, it can grow into a large tree so needs room.


c b fastigiata 1


Carpinus betulus ‘Columnaris Nana’, Dwarf Columnar European Hornbeam is a dwarf, compact grower requiring little pruning and can be used for small tree applications.


c betulus nana

c nana

Carpinus betulus ‘Lucas’, Lucas Columnar European Hornbeam has a dense columnar habit and makes a good street tree.


c betulus lucas

c b lucas


Ostrya virginiana, American Hophornbeam, is a native, useful in dry locations. It can be used for lawns, parks, or as a street tree.


ostrya virginiana


Chionanthus retusus, Chinese Fringetree has clusters of white flowers in the spring.


chionanthus retusus

c retusus

Chionanthus retusus ‘Tokyo Tower’, Tokyo Tower Fringetree has a narrow vase shape and upright in growth habit. It is a small slow growing tree so may be better considered for a small plaza or compact setting.


c r tokyo tower


If you are looking to add variety, consider Hornbeam, Hophornbeam, or White Fringe Tree.