Plant Care American Hophornbeam

American Hophornbeam

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.


Ostrya virginiana

Also known as

American hophornbeam, eastern hophornbeam, hardhack, ironwood and leverwood

How to care for American Hophornbeam


How often to water your American Hophornbeam

Water needs for American Hophornbeam
0.5 cups
every 9

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

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

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

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American Hophornbeam: 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 Hophornbeam after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

American Hophornbeam is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Growth Pattern
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Care Summary for American Hophornbeam

American Hophornbeam

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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