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 and ovately shaped with doubly serrated margins. 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.

Also known as Ironwood, the wood of the American Hornbeam is very hard and is often used to make mallets, tool handles and cutlery.

Common Names American Hornbeam, Ironwood, Musclewood, Blue Beech
Latin Name Carpinus caroliniana
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