American hornbeams and European hornbeams were both planted early on in Central Park's history. The older, larger hornbeams tend to be European. To distinguish between the two, keep an eye out for the American hornbeam's striking yellow-orange foliage in the fall, a feature lacking in the European hornbeam. South of Glade Arch on the path to Alice in Wonderland, there is a large European hornbeam. There are many others throughout Central Park, including behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
LeavesAlternate, 2-4 inches long
FruitLess than 1 inch nut
FlowerSlender, hanging catkins, yellow-green, 1-2 inches long (male), leafy bracts, yellow green and 2-3 inches long (female)