Hornbeam, Carpinos caroliniana, trees are compact trees that will work in most average size home landscapes. They're work best in shaded areas, however, if you do plant them in the sun they will grow to have a dense growth patterns. Birds and small mammals like Hornbeam trees because of its branches. It provides shelter, they'll nest among the branches, and eat the fruit in late fall, which makes this an excellent choice to attract wildlife. Your children will fall in love with this tree as its low-growing branches make them fun trees for kids to climb. They prefer organically rich soil and work in zones 3-9.