Firewood aside, hornbeam is a very versatile tree. You can trim it into a hedge or let it tower above all other trees. Beautiful in spring, summer, fall.

Hophornbeam, very ornamental

European hophornbeam is a beautiful ornamental tree that can reach quite an impressive size when fully mature.
Hop hornbeam leaves and flowers

Cloud pruning for trees and shrubs

Niwaki – this is the Japanese word for cloud pruning. It’s the act of trimming trees into cloud shapes. An ancestral, elaborate art, this cloud pruning technique was developed to create symbolic spaces,
Magnificent example of a cloud-pruned shrub with 8 to 10 clouds and a silver gray trunk.
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