Plant ID forum: Is this a birch? What Cultivar?

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Name: Zwei7
Ontario (Zone 6b)
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zwei7
Sep 25, 2017 6:28 PM CST
Found this butterball with a weird drooping leaf cluster. I think it is a Birch.
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However those clusters do not resemble a traditional birch catkin, but the leaves are birch like.
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islander
Sep 25, 2017 8:32 PM CST
Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) - likely a street tree cultivar for compactness.
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Name: Zwei7
Ontario (Zone 6b)
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zwei7
Sep 26, 2017 4:58 PM CST
Thank You!
Thanks for the genus correction islander! If I can only figure out this cultivar.

Concerning the species, most Carpinus carolianiana are wide so do you think it might be a Carpinus betulus since they are more narrow? Particlarly a Fastigiata, Frans Fontaine, or a Lucas cultivar? I don't know the difference in leaves between a Carpinus betulus and a Carpinus caroliniana Acorn .
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islander
Sep 26, 2017 5:14 PM CST
I kinda questioned the species I mentioned anyways. The best way to figure out which cultivar is contact the city or builder to determine what was planted. Carpinus aren't easy to tell apart.
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Name: Zwei7
Ontario (Zone 6b)
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zwei7
Dec 12, 2017 8:56 PM CST
Anybody got an educated guess at this species (Carpinus carolianiana vs. Carpinus betulus) and a possible cultivar?
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Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Dec 25, 2017 8:19 PM CST
Definitely one of the narrow selections of Carpinus betulus.

Likely one of the newer forms, given the planting location so close to a sidewalk. But...that looks more like Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' because it is already so (relatively) fat. 'Frans Fontaine' stays much more narrow for much longer in its life.

You don't show much context for where this is growing. It shouldn't be difficult to find out EXACTLY what selection this is, if it is growing on private property. Contact the owner, find out who did the planting, and then you should be able to find out the precise identity.

John

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