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American Hophornbeam

Ostrya virginiana

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.085 W94 53.077

Trail Number:
C38

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Description

Family:
Betulaceae

Foliage:
Leaves: Alternate, oval-lanceolate, acuminate, rounded or heart shaped

Native Locale:
Cape Breton, Ontario to Minnesota, south to Florida and Texas

Mature Height:
25 to 40 feet

Mature Width:
15 to 25 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 3b to 9

Soil Preference:
Prefers moist, well drained, slightly acid soils; can be found in wild growing in dry, gravelly or rocky soil

Growth Habit:
Very graceful small tree with many horizontal or drooping branches usually forming a rounded outline, somewhat pyramidal in youth

Rate of Growth:
Slow, probably 10 to 15' over a 15 year period

Disease and Insect:
None serious, witches broom possible

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Nut: Nutlet, enclosed in hop-like sac. 25 to 40' in height and 2/3's to in spread Monoecious, grouped in 3's 1" long. 1/3" nutlet, enclosed in an inflated, membranous, and resembles the fruit of hops

Photos

Leaf - American HophornbeamSummer - American HophornbeamSummer '08 - American HophornbeamSummer '08 Bark - American Hophornbeam