This native small tree is adaptable and great for any size yard. Glossy green leaves turn attractive shades of red, orange, and yellow in the fall. Catkins bloom in early spring, and develop into nutlets that hang on during the winter. Bark is smooth gray and fluted making it’s sinewy, winter form very attactive in the landscape. American Hornbeam is great for naturalizing along streambeds or at the edge of woodlands, and is useful as a smaller street or understory tree.