American Hophornbeam

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American Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)

A handsome, smaller tree that is a Midwestern native.  It is a graceful, pyramidal tree in youth, becoming more rounded with age.  The grayish brown exfoliating bark is attractive in the winter months.  Yellow-green fruit of the Hophornbeam is very interesting and gave the tree it’s name.  Also known as ‘Ironwood’, for it’s hard wood.

Mature Height: 25′-40′

Mature Spread: 20′-40′

Zone: 4

Sunlight: Full sun, but can also tolerate being an under story tree

Soil Preference: Tolerant to a wide variety of soils, can handle dry or poor soils.

Nurseryman’s Notes: A native to the Midwest, with serrated green leaves.  Slower growth rate (up to 12″ per year) with yellow to yellowish orange fall color. Few pest or disease problems and tolerant of tough planting sites.

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