American Hophornbeam


The hophornbeam or ironwood is so named from its seed resembling hops used in beer production and its extremely hard wood. This graceful tree has yellow fall foliage, a compact shape, and is valued by wildlife for shelter and food.

Size and Light Requirements

Hophornbeam is usually a small, slow-growing tree that reaches a height of 20 feet over approximately 30 years’ time. It prefers light shade, but will also thrive in full sun.

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kew, Eric Hunt, Katja Schulz I, Katja Schulz II, Eli Sagor, Rob Duval

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