Blue Beech

Carpinus carolinianaBlue Beech

 

Height: 20-30'

Width: 30'

Shape: Upright oval

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Foliage: Green

Fall Foliage: Orange-red

Zone: 3-9

 

This slow growing native is known by several common names: Blue Beech, Ironwood, and Musclewood. The wood of this specimen is very hard, and features a handsome blue-gray bark color. The long sinewy ridges in the bark give this tree outstanding winter interest.