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Ostrya virginiana /American Hop Hornbeam

Ostrya virginiana  / Ostrya virginiana
Silhouette of foliage
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Silhouette of foliage

Gray flaky exfoliating bark

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Scientific Name: Ostrya virginiana
Common Name: American Hop Hornbeam
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: The male flower is a reddish-brown catkin and appears on the same tree as does the female. Seeds are in sac-like pods which look like hops and from this it gets the name "hop hornbeam". The wood is hard and dense and thus its gets another common name, "ironwood" This drought resistant tree produces seeds that are eaten by birds and other wildlife.