Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28 - Eastern Hophornbeam - Ostrya virginiana

Eastern Hophornbeam

The leaves are doubly saw toothed and elliptical; they are simple and alternate. The leaves have straight parallel side veins and short hairy leaf stalks. The bark of this tree is reddish brown, thin, and often looks shreddy. The wood is very hard, like the American Hornbeam. This tree grows to 50 feet high and 10 inches in diameter, so it is not a very large tree. It is called a understory tree, for it grows in the understory.

The fruit looks like hops, an ingredient of beer. Wildlife eat the nutlets and buds of this tree.

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