Not to be confused with hophornbeam, the American hornbeam or “musclewood” is so named because of its distinct bark – smooth, bluish-gray with a muscle-like surface. Hornbeams are small trees with fine textured or “feathery” leaves, adding delight to any yard or garden.
Size and Light Requirements
The hornbeam is a small, slow-growing tree reaching 20 feet in height over a 30-year period. It prefers light shade, but will also thrive in full sun.
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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.