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     Hophornbeam forms a beautiful canopy with rich, green leaves and intriguing fruit set that resembles hops strung along its branches. 


     These nutlets are eaten by quail, deer, rabbits and wild turkey.  Songbirds surf for invertebrates hiding in the shaggy, reddish bark.


     In the wild, Hophornbeam prefers drier uplands, making it a good, largely disease-free tree for sunny or partly shady locations.  It is a good choice if you have a small yard.


     Fun fact: Ironwood refers to its former use in making airplane propellers.


     For more on Hop Hornbeam, read our blog here.

Hophornbeam, Ironwood

5 Gallons
    • Latin: Ostrya virginiana
    • Pollinator value: Medium
    • Current height: 5 feet
    • Mature height: 20-30 feet; 10-18 foot spread
    • Light: Sun to light shade
    • Soil: Moist or dry, well drained
    • Bloom: Spring catkins; green-gray sac-like pods persist through winter
    • Leaf: Showy, yellow fall
    • Landscape: Butterfly or native garden; shade or understory tree
    • Resistance: Deer (moderate), storm damage, wind
    • Native range here
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