|C. tschonoskii has a less fastigiate appearance than some hornbeam, tending rather to a spreading shape with glossy, dentated leaves, gilding in the autumn. The catkins are green and chartuese giving rise to nodding green, then ripe-banana-yellow fruit. Cultivated for its upright or pyramidal habit, ornamental foliage, great fall color, and pendant, leafy-bracted racemes of fruit. Gray bark is fluted and smooth. Leaves are mid-green, ovate, unequally toothed and 3 to 5 inches long. This tree is attractive in a park or woodland setting.