Carpinus fangiana
Common name: 
Monkey Tail Hornbeam
Fang Hornbeam
Pronunciation: 
kar-PI-nus fan-gi-AH-nah
Family: 
Betulaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Carpinus wilsoniana
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf, deciduous tree or shrub, bushy, to 20 m tall (65 ft).  Leaves alternate, simple, unlobed, ovate-lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, 6-25 cm long and 2.5-7 cm wide, base cordate to broadly wedge-shaped, apex tappers gradually to a sharp point, margin doubly serrated.  Male catkins only up to 6 cm long whereas female catkins are up to 50 cm long and made up of papery bracts; initially green but finally brown.

  • Sun to partial shade, best on moist, well-drained soil

  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5     Found in Western China at 900-2,000 m elevation, widespread but rare in the wild

  • fangiana: after Fang Wen-Pei (1899-1983), a Chinese botanist and expert on the trees of Sichuan, who first collected this species. 

  • Salem, Oregon: Sebright Gardens

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