Job's Nursery and Pumpkin Patch LLC

Helping Tri-City Gardeners Grow Since 1940!

Job's Nursery LLC is a family owned nursery and tree farm that offers a wide selection of outdoor plants that are hardy for our area. We are located just north of Pasco on Columbia River Road.  It's a short trip to a beautiful location to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life.



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Hornbeam, Fire King

Carpinus caroliniana 'J.N. Select A'

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Hornbeam, Fire King (Carpinus caroliniana 'J.N. Select A') at Job's Nursery

Hornbeam, Fire King

Hornbeam, Fire King

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Hornbeam, Fire King (Carpinus caroliniana 'J.N. Select A') at Job's Nursery

Hornbeam, Fire King foliage

Hornbeam, Fire King foliage

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  Blue Beech, Ironwood, Musclewood, Water Beech

Brand:  Johnson's Nursery


An impressive upright form of this native American tree that becomes more rounded with age; interesting gray bark is almost muscular in appearance; excellent orange-red fall color and curious hop-like fruit; a great shade tree for smaller areas

Ornamental Features

Hornbeam, Fire King has forest green deciduous foliage on a tree with an oval habit of growth. The serrated pointy leaves turn outstanding shades of orange and in the fall. It produces small clusters of brick red hop-like fruit from early fall to late winter, which fade to brown over time. The smooth silvery blue bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Hornbeam, Fire King is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Hornbeam, Fire King is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Hornbeam, Fire King will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. This plant should be periodically fertilized throughout the active growing season with a specially-formulated acidic fertilizer. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade  Screening 
Fruit  Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features