About American Hophornbeam
Eastern hop-hornbeam is a deciduous tree in the Betulaceae (beech) family. It is found in dry, rocky forests and sloped areas scattered among the upland and mountains. It's a slow-growing tree, reaching only 10 to 15 feet tall over 15 years. The leaves look similar to birch trees and the overall form can be confused with an elm tree.
Also known as
American hophornbeam, eastern hophornbeam, hardhack, ironwood and leverwood
How to care for American Hophornbeam
How often to water your American Hophornbeam
American Hophornbeam 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 Hophornbeam in your home
American Hophornbeam love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
American Hophornbeam does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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How to fertilize American Hophornbeam
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 Hophornbeam after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
American Hophornbeam is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
American Hophornbeam requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
American Hophornbeam does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
American Hophornbeam grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
American Hophornbeam will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.
USDA Hardiness Zone
American Hophornbeam can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
The seeds of American Hophornbeam can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.
Care Summary for American Hophornbeam
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.