Hophornbeam

Ostrya virginiana

Also called Eastern Hophornbeam, ironwood or leverwood, this medium-sized, understory tree is native to eastern North America. The trunk is covered in a characteristic gray-brown bark, which flakes off in shaggy plates. Its resilient wood is used to make tool handles and fence posts.
Habitat:
Woodlands, occurs in a wide variety of soils.
Growth Habit:
Deciduous tree, growing to 15 m tall.
Bloom Time:
Mid-spring.
Longevity:
Short-lived.
Presence in US:
AL AR CT DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS NC ND NE NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC SD TN TX VA VT WI WV WY
Presence in Canada:
MB NB NS ON PE QC