Eastern Hop Hornbeam – Ostrya virginiana

The Hophornbeam is found throughout Ohio and most of the eastern United States. It is a member of the birch family. It is a deciduous tree which grows to 20-50 feet high and 15-30 feet wide. The bark is scaly and the leaves are oblong-ovate, serrated and have a downy underside. The fall color is lemon yellow, yellowish brown, or red in the fall.

It is a small tree with a slow growth rate that does well in zones 5-9. It prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils. The wood is hard and durable and is used for fence posts and tool handles.

Beautifying University City, MO