Plant Care American Hornbeam

American Hornbeam

About American Hornbeam

American Hornbeam is a deciduous tree that can grow 30 feet tall. It can be found naturally in areas with moist soil including streambanks, riverbanks, and maritime forests. The leaves alternate with a doubly toothed margin and the bark is smooth, gray to bluish-gray. The extremely hard wood of this tree will take a horn-like polish and was used by early Americans to make bowls, tool handles and ox yokes. Commercial use of hornbeam wood is not practical due to the limited amount of wood per tree.


Carpinus caroliniana

Also known as

American hornbeam, blue-beech and musclewood

How to care for American Hornbeam


How often to water your American Hornbeam

Water needs for American Hornbeam
0.5 cups
every 9

American Hornbeam needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for American Hornbeam in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American Hornbeam: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American Hornbeam love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

American Hornbeam does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize American Hornbeam

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American Hornbeam: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your American Hornbeam after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

American Hornbeam is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for American Hornbeam

American Hornbeam

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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