American Hophornbeam

Ostrya virginiana

The American 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

The 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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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.

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