Hornbeam maple

Acer carpinifolium | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

So named because the wood is tough like a beam made of horns; handy, should you ever need a beam made of horns but you're woefully low on horns.

Acer carpinifolium, commonly known as the Hornbeam maple hails from Japan. A fairly small tree, growing no taller than about 10-15m. Unlike most other acers, this tree does not have lobed leaves. Instead it has ridged oval leaves with a serrated edge. They look similar to the leaves of the hornbean, hence the name. In the autumn this tree really shines as the leaves turn a vibrant shade of yellow. It's a very hardy tree that will grow in most soil types as long as it is fertile and well-drained.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5 - 6
Spread [m]
  • 4
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-7
Heat zone
  • H7-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -12
Heat days
  • 0 - 90
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years