Acer carpinifolium, the Hornbeam maple, is a small ornamental tree native to Japan. Although it is a maple, this tree has leaves very different from those of other species of his family. Acer carpinifolium has a foliage resembling Hornbeam, with deciduous, embossed, lanceolate leaves. These are green in spring and summer, and then turn yellow in autumn.
Acer carpinifolium grows naturally in the mountains of Japan, so it is very resistant to cold (down to -35 ° C). Slow growth, the Hornbeam maple develops a rather short trunk and branches giving him a beautiful rounded silhouette.Trimming is not necessary, except to remove dead or unsightly branches.
Hornbeam maple is enjoyed in well-drained, cool soil, in the sun or partial shade. The most favorable planting period is in autumn or winter. To keep all its beauty, it is better to avoid planting it in a too dry ground. An isolated plantation is a good choice for this tree, to highlight its shape and beautiful foliage.