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|Species: Carpinus caroliniana|
American hornbeam is a small tree, growing up to 30 feet tall. It’s bark is a blueish gray, smooth, rippled, and muscular-looking.
The leaves are alternate and simple. They’re 1 to 5 inches long, tear-shaped, double-toothed, and have non-forked parallel veins.
In the fall, the leaves turn orange-scarlet.
Habitat & Range
American hornbeams are found throughout the eastern half of the United States, growing along streams.
The fruits of American hornbeam are 3" wide and are 3-pointed leafy clusters with tiny nuts.
Featured image by James Dake.