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Cultural Details for Ostrya virginiana

Common Name:
American Hophornbeam

Growth Rate:
Slow, 10-15 in 15 years.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Monoecious, male catkins usually grouped in threes, visible throughout winter 1" long. Female visible in April.

Fruit Details:
Nutlet, 0.33" long, enclosed in inflated, membranous, hairy ovale 0.75-1" long.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Grayish-brown, often broken into narrow, longitudnal strips which are free at each end.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious.

Native Habitat:
Zones 3b-9, Cape Breton, Ontario to Minnesota, south to Florida and Texas. Introduced 1690

Other Features:
Resembles the fruit of Hops, hence the name Hophornbeam. Hairs on fruit get stuck in fingers, be careful when handling fruits.

Culture and Care:
Transplant balled and burlapped or container grown in early spring, full sun and partial shade.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1429, 8493, 8494, 8495

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.