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Common Name: blue beech, musclewood, American hornbeam

Scientific Name: 
Family: Betulaceae
Genus: Carpinus
Species: caroliniana

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 20 to 35 feet
Width: 20 to 35 feet

Description :
​​The blue beech can be found growing naturally in the forests of Minnesota, but can also be used as a landscape tree. This small, slow-growing tree can do well in full shade, and adapts well to a wide range of soil conditions, drainage classes, and pH levels. This tree has distinct flares on the trunk and branches that resemble muscle definition. C. caroliniana are small in stature and may be a good option if you are looking for a smaller landscape tree.

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University of Minnesota Extension. Found online:​ 

Carol Levine Bark. Accessed 5 June 2019