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Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN 37882

American Hophornbeam

Scientific Name: Ostrya virginiana

Trail Location: 29

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American Hophornbeam - Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

Family: Betulaceae (Birch)
USDA Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
USDA Plant Id: osvi
Height: 35 - 40 ft.
Spread: 20 - 30 ft.


Flower: Minimal
Bloom Information: Red/Brown(male),
Light Green(female) blooms April


Fall Leaf Color: Yellow not real showy

American Hophornbeam is a deciduous understory tree with a generally rounded crown. Typically grows 25-40 ft tall with a slightly smaller spread.  Features birch-like, oval to lance-shaped, sharply-serrated, dark yellowish-green leaves (to 5 inches long). Leaves turn an undistinguished yellow in autumn and often drop early. The flowers are reddish-brown male flowers and also greenish female flowers appear in separate catkins on the same tree. Flowers are not particularly showy, although the male catkins are more prominent and are present throughout winter. Female catkins are followed by drooping clusters of sac-like, seed-bearing pods which, as the common name suggests, somewhat resemble the fruit of hops. Also commonly called ironwood because of its extremely hard and dense wood.