Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28 - Hophornbeam- Ostrya virginiana

The Hophornbeam Tree

The Hophornbeam Tree
The "hop" part of this tree's name comes the fact that the fruit of this tree looks like the hops vine, a major ingredient of beer. The Hornbeam part of the name is the same as another tree, the American Hornbeam. That is because they both have such heavy, strong wood.

The tree can be identified in the winter by it's shredded looking bark and the new little catkins that are developing over the winter. You can see these in my photos.  This Hophornbeam lives at the North Carolina Aerboretum in Asheville, North Carolina.
There are five beautiful Hophornbeams that live by the amphitheater at the NC Arboretum.


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