- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Mature Height: 25-40' tall
- Mature Width: 20-30' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 20-30' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: chickadees, titmice, finches, wrens, sparrows, turkeys, grouse, and quail
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® American Hop Hornbeam Treeling?
Relatively common but nondescript, American Hop Hornbeam goes unnoticed by most people - but is highly valuable for birds. The tree produces nuts which are encased in papery capsules and provide much-needed nourishment for avian residents in cold winter seasons. Relatively common but nondescript, it goes unnoticed by most people. It does not go unnoticed by birds, however. Its tasty nutlets, which hang in papery sacks throughout fall and winter, provide valuable cold-season nourishment to our avian winter residents. Chickadees, titmice, finches, wrens, and sparrows pick at the seeds until they’re gone. In wild spaces, turkeys, grouse, and quail may visit Hop Hornbeam. Not a flashy tree, but quite lovable.
Few people could identify Hop Hornbeam in the wild, though it grows over much of the Eastern U.S., from Minnesota to Texas and east until you reach the coastal pains. It exists as an understory Tree in acidic woodland environments and has also found a niche on dry, rocky outcroppings in sunnier sites. Hop Hornbeam is also called Ironwood because of its densely grained wood; it's harder than Oak, Hickory, or even Persimmon. Settlers fashioned Hop Hornbeam into durable items like ax handles and sleigh runners, but you'll appreciate it for its strength in the landscape under the pressure of ice, snow, and wind.
How to use in the landscape?
The 'Hop' in Hop Hornbeam comes from the interesting seed cases, which look like the dangling fruits of the Hop Vine. Chickadees and titmice may come to feed on the seeds when they ripen. In rural areas, turkeys and grouse enjoy the seeds after they've fallen to the ground.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 25-40' tall
Mature Width: 20-30' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 20-30' apart
How To Plant
Largely trouble-free and accommodating, Hop Hornbeam is a good Tree for beginning gardeners and for challenging sites. Give it a spot in full sun or part shade in any kind of soil except those prone to wetness. Water regularly the first year or two; after that, normal rainfall should suffice. One thing Hop Hornbeam is sensitive to is salt spray; it is not a good choice for coastal gardens. Prune in summer or fall to avoid the heavy 'bleeding' of sap that occurs in late winter. Bleeding isn't harmful to the tree, but may seem troubling to you!
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9