European Hornbeam

Arbor walk #74, Treekeeper ID #2259

This adaptive species is often grown as a shield or hedge plant in urban settings, as it grows a thick canopy that extends most of the way to the ground. 

The leaves often have distinct ridging and turn bright yellow/orange in fall. The nut-like fruits mature in a similar fashion to beads on a string in October. The Hornbeam, also known as ironwood due to its very strong wood which rarely cracks, is often used to build mallets, wheel cogs, wooden screws and pianos. These trees do extremely well in acidic soils.

NameEuropean Hornbeam
Latin NameCarpinus betulus
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