Skylark™ Hornbeam Tree

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The Skylark™ Hornbeam (Carpinus × Skylark™) is a remarkable tree that combines the best qualities of Carpinus caroliniana and Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’. With its impressive adaptability and exceptional hybrid vigor, this tree thrives even in challenging conditions, making it a reliable choice for your landscape.

Featuring a relatively narrow and upright form, the Skylark™ Hornbeam tree exhibits a compact habit and deep green serrated foliage, adding a touch of elegance to any setting. As the tree matures, its bark develops a unique fluted character, enhancing its visual appeal.

With a mature height of 25-35 feet and a width of 10-15 feet, this tree provides vertical interest and fits well in various landscape designs. Its columnar form sets it apart from the spreading habit of the common Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’, ensuring that the Skylark™ maintains its desired shape as it grows.

Not only does the Skylark™ Hornbeam showcase exceptional aesthetics, but it also boasts a high level of resistance to pests, diseases, and major insect issues. Its mycorrhizal roots contribute to its overall health and help it withstand dry summer conditions with minimal irrigation.

Hardy in zones 5-8, the Skylark™ Hornbeam is a result of extensive breeding efforts by Dr. Harold Pellett, a former professor at the University of Minnesota. Its introduction in 2018, in collaboration with the Morton Arboretum, marks an exciting milestone in hornbeam cultivation.

If you’re seeking a fastigiate hornbeam with improved cold hardiness, enhanced form, and beautiful foliage that transitions to golden colors in the fall, the Skylark™ Hornbeam is the perfect choice.

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Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 8.0
Zone Range 5 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 25 - 35' tall x 10 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 10 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow shade trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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