How to Plant an American Hornbeam

American hornbeam

American hornbeam

Are you looking for a small tree that offers beautiful fall colors?

We all know that fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. Planting in the fall verses the spring allows for your trees to soak up all the wonderful fall rain while establishing roots. Today, we are looking at a classic fall tree, the American hornbeam and how to plant it.

The Perfect Fall Tree

The American hornbeam tree is a perfect fall tree as the leaves offer colors of yellow, red, and orange. In addition, the American hornbeam is native to North America. Even with this tree being native to this area, transferring a tree from the nursery is a traumatic event.

A State of Shock

During the transfer the tree goes into a state of shock. It’s because of this that so many trees often die after being recently planted. Today, we are going to give you a couple of tips to keep this tree alive so you and your family can enjoy its beautiful fall foliage.

2 Quick Tips for Transplanting American Hornbeam Trees

  1. Location
    Normally, choosing the location of where you want to plant the tree isn’t just about aesthetics. Generally, you will want to choose a location that depends on how much sun a tree likes. However, the American hornbeam is low maintenance, meaning that it can be planted in the sun or in the shade or a spot that provides sun and shade.

    According to Better Homes and Gardens,

    • Hornbeam thrives in full sun or partial shade
    • Grows best in zones 3-9
    • Grows 40 feet tall and 50 feet wide.
    • Great for landscaping as borders and for privacy as well as in parking strips or other narrow spaces.
  2. Aeration Tube
    The best way to ensure that your tree will survive the transfer isn’t the location you plant it but planting an aeration tube with it. The aeration tube, Rootwell Pro318, is a direct-to-root watering system. This allows for the roots to grow deep into the ground, creating a strong and healthy tree.

A little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to planting trees. With these tips you will be enjoying more of those beautiful fall colors next fall.

Now for our final question: Have you ever heard of the American hornbeam before?

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