Tree ID: Hop-hornbeam

Photo of Hop-hornbeam

Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) is a short-lived understory tree with dense wood and fruits that superficially resemble those of Common Hop (Humulus lupulus). The bark starts out smooth but before long becomes rather shaggy as it splits into narrow, partly exfoliating strips. As with other members of the Betulaceae (Birch) family -- like Speckled AlderBeaked Hazelnut, Gray Birch, and the similarly named American Hornbeam -- Hop-hornbeam has pollen-bearing (male) and seed-bearing (female) flowers arranged in separate clusters known as catkins.

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