Acer carpinifolium, commonly known as the Hornbeam Maple or the Horned Maple, is a species of small to medium-sized deciduous tree belonging to the family Sapindaceae. It is native to Japan and Korea and is known for its distinctive foliage and interesting growth habit.
The leaves of Acer carpinifolium are deeply lobed, resembling those of the American Hornbeam tree, which is how it acquired its common name. The leaves emerge in spring with a bronze tint before maturing to a rich green color in summer. In the fall, they turn shades of yellow, orange, and red.
The tree typically grows to a height of 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) with a spread of 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6 meters). It has a slow to moderate growth rate and is well-suited for small gardens and urban landscapes.
Acer carpinifolium prefers moist, well-drained soils and partial shade to full sun exposure. It is relatively disease and pest-resistant and requires minimal maintenance once established.
Overall, Acer carpinifolium is a beautiful and unique tree that can add interest and texture to a variety of garden settings.