Bark peels in tight vertical curls. September brings a muted blend of yellow and claret-red foliage, capturing the essence of autumn. During winter, tufts of snow lodge on the peels of grey and honey-colored bark, lending contrast. Often listed as hardy to Zone 5, growers report it hardy to -40°F - a full zone rating hardier than Acer griseum.
Pest-free and widely adapted to conditions from the stream-side to the neighborhood mall. It's surprising the trade has not more widely embraced this American native. Fall color is an appealing mix of soft red, yellow and orange. Squirrels risk falling from the slenderest of branches to eat every possible fat, fertile seed in October.
Carpinus caroliniana WI Source (Hardy American Hornbeam, Musclewood)
A seedling strain selected over many years by Mike Yanny of Johnson's Nursery in Menominee Falls, WI. for improved orange-red autumn color. A small-scale (to 30 ft. x 30 ft.) tree with a dense canopy. Its leaf and bark characteristics resemble a small beech tree with fall color. Easy to transplant. Use as rootstock for Firespire™ to assure grafted plants will survive in zones 3-4.