European Hornbeam

Carpinus betulus

The Lexington Cemetery is one of the two places in the United States which have magnificent specimens of the European hornbeam.  The extremely short trunk supports many steel gray branches. These spread into a rounded vase shape as the tree matures. As an ornamental, the tree does very well for screens, hedges, and groupings. It adapts to pruning. The leaves, dark green in summer and yellow in fall, are interesting, because of the doubly serrated edges.