American Hornbeam

Arbor walk #20, Treekeeper ID #1933

Native to the midwest, the American Hornbeam typically grows as an understory tree, in wetter areas. Its leaf is dark green, ovate, with doubly serrated edges.  Also known as Ironwood, the wood of the American Hornbeam is very hard, and is used to make mallets, tool handles and cutlery. Because this tree grows low to the ground, many animals use the tree for shelter. Interestingly, Beavers use the wood of this tree for building dams, as it is readily available in their habitat.

Common Name American Hornbeam
Latin Name Carpinus caroliniana
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