Hardy in Zones 5-6 this deciduous shade tree is quite drought tolerant once established, performing best in full sun. This excellent tree does very well in hot, dry summers and cold winters. Thick, dark green leaves with toothed margins turn yellow to purple in the fall. Adding to its striking features are the 2 inch long drooping brown catkins that emerge in the spring in addition to its edible nuts. Well-drained, loamy soils are best however it will tolerate alkaline soils. I have seen this tree performing quite well on the campus of Boise State University.

Growing to heights of 40-50 feet tall and 20-30 feet in spread this pyramidal shaped tree is somewhat formal appearance in the landscape and is often selected for use as a street tree.

images courtesy: Hans-Cees Speel