Carpinus caroliniana

Common name: Blue Beech

Native plant

One of the best mid-sized trees with smooth, gray, fluted bark.  The flowers are in the form of catkins and are not highly visible. The fruit hangs in 4-6 inch clusters. Fall color can be red, yellow, and orange. The tree is highly adaptable to different soils and pH. In full sun it will grow in a formal, upright character, but if grown in shade it will have a more loose, informal shape. Many people have used this tree as a screen or even a clipped hedge. Blue Beech is part of the birch family. 


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color

Orange Red


Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
25 Feet
Max width
20 Feet

Additional information

Great for Screening/Border Plantings Loved by birds

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