This small tree is native to eastern North America. The smooth greenish-gray bark covering the trunk becomes sculpted with age to resemble the muscles of a flexed arm. Beavers commonly use this tree for food as well as construction material because it is abundant in their local habitats. It is also called Blue-Beech, Ironwood, Musclewood or Water Beech.
- Moist soils in woods and along streams.
- Growth Habit:
- Deciduous shrub or small tree, growing to 5-12 m tall.
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- Presence in US:
- AL AR CT DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS NC NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC TN TX VA VT WI WV