Hardiness Zone3b (ref. Hydro-Québec)
Region of OriginEastern North America and Central America
Mother Tree located inSherbrooke, Québec
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Blue-Beech, also called Ironwood because of the hardness and strength of the wood, is a small native tree but little known in Quebec.
This species is usually little or not available in nurseries. It's said that this would be due to its difficult recovery after transplantation. However, a considerable number of other trees do not tolerate well this milestone that is transplantation but are still available in nurseries... Anyway, just for its unusual slate gray bark and its blue green foliage, Blue-Beech deserves to be better known.
This species is relatively hardy, in addition of being very tolerant to the shade. However, it's sensitive to the pollution and thus to urban conditions...
People who like traveler gardens should have a particular interest in this small tree that grows naturally from Canada to Honduras ! It's certainly the Quebec native tree that has the natural range which crosses the most latitudes...