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Carpinus coreana Autumn Color Variation.
« on: June 26, 2009, 08:51 AM »
A local bonsai nurseryman sells this tree as American hornbeam others have stated it is Hophornbeam but from the Autumn colour I have always thought it Carpinus coreana. Brent describes this Autumn colour in Carpinus coreana description "The real treat is in the fall when the leaves turn red, yellow and orange, not diffusely but in stripes. We have seen leaves where one half of the leaf separated by the mid-vein was red and the other half yellow or orange. The striping will also occur between the side veins of the leaves"
Although I have looked alot I have never seen another bonsai that displays this trait.
The Bonsai nurseryman that sells them brought the seeds back from Japan many years ago several germinated but only one with this type of Autumn colour the others have very nice colour as well but they are diffused not separated by the vein with such contrast.
« Last Edit: June 26, 2009, 09:03 AM by bretts »

ken duncan

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Re: Carpinus coreana Autumn Color Variation.
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2009, 06:43 PM »
Very interesting plant. I have both coreana and caroliniana (American hornbeam), this one looks like coreana to me. My coreanas never seem to have good fall color.
Can You take a close up pic of the trunk? The trunks and bark are very different from each other.

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Re: Carpinus coreana Autumn Color Variation.
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2009, 06:04 AM »
Here's one of my Korean Hornbeams in autumn colours.

Link to full size image then you can compare the individual leaves. :