Thursday, September 20, 2012

Betulaceae - Birch Family Trees

Seams and me at the North Carolina Arboreum in Asheville on a beautiful day in Sept.   Photos by R. Brooke Priddy.  Thank you, Brooke.

Ostrya virginiana fruit nutlet, Eastern Hophornbeam

Ostrya virginiana catkin buds, Eastern Hophornbeam
The North Carolina Arboretum has five beautiful Eastern Hophornbeams that live near the amphitheater at the NC Arboretum.  The Eastern Hophornbeam is a member of the Betulaceae family, also called the Birch Family.  This family is known by the leaves that are sharp toothed, simple and pinnately veined.  This family is also known for the long, staminate catkins.

This time of year you can see the fruit as well as the developing catkins.  The leaves are just starting to turn on these trees to a bright yellow.  There is probably 15 percent leaf change as of now, Sept. 19th.

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