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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
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