Ostrya virginiana

American Hophornbeam

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Slow, 10-15 in 15 years.
Mature Height - 25-40'
Mature Width - 16-26'
Longevity - Medium, around 150 years.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Monoecious, male catkins usually grouped in threes, visible throughout winter 1" long. Female visible in April.
Fruit - Nutlet, 0.33" long, enclosed in inflated, membranous, hairy ovale 0.75-1" long.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Yellow
Bark - Grayish-brown, often broken into narrow, longitudnal strips which are free at each end.
Other Features - Resembles the fruit of Hops, hence the name Hophornbeam. Hairs on fruit get stuck in fingers, be careful when handling fruits.
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Transplant balled and burlapped or container grown in early spring, full sun and partial shade.
Native Habitat - Zones 3b-9, Cape Breton, Ontario to Minnesota, south to Florida and Texas. Introduced 1690
Diseases and Insects - None serious.
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Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Hophornbeam.
- Other plants of the family Betulaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Ostrya.
- Other plants of the species Ostrya virginiana.