Liz – The Seven-son tree in my garden here in Lexington, Kentucky is now beginning to form flower buds at the ends of the limbs as shown in this photo, and they’ll bloom next month.
The other picture shows the now elongated leaves.
An interesting webpage about this tree is the Chicago Botanic Garden one.
Mike – Walking through the park where the hornbeam is I was pleased to see that although the council had recently mowed most of the open grass areas they had left an area around the base of each tree unmown.
Close-up I was surprised to see some of the recently pristine leaves were already going brown and crisping around the edges, as seen in the photo below. At this time of year I presume that’s due to either a lack of water or wind burn, or a combination of both.
Take care, and have a good weekend!