The leaves of American hornbeam are ovoid, 5 – 10 cm (2 – 3.9 in) long, 3 – 4 cm (1.2 – 1.6 in) broad and pointed. The leaf underside is brighter. The leaf margin is serrated
Hanging catkins, male flower to 6 cm long, female flowers about 10 cm (3.9 in). Both flowers are yellow-green. The flowers appear simultaneously with the leaf shoots.
Samaras, in pairs to 3-lobed cover sheet.
The branches are brown to gray, thin and grow slightly zigzag. The buds are brown and protrude from the twig.
single tree, planting in groups, hedge plant, tolerates pruning good