Ostrya virginiana

American Hophornbeam

This pretty native tree calls the entire eastern US home from Florida to Canada. The charming pendulous fruit of Ostrya is both ornamental and highly valuable to birds and other wildlife. An elegant habit, (more upright than Blue Beech) handsome bark and decent yellow fall color completes the package. Hophornbeam is thought to be somewhat pollution sensitive and is to be avoided in extreme urban settings.

Category: Small ornamental or shade tree; deciduous
Hardiness: 3 to 9
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Color: Yellow
Flower: Male catkins are green turning to brown, yellow-brown; female flowers are lime green hop-like fruits turning beige-yellow to brown
Fruit: Pendulous; resembles the fruit of hops, hence, the name Hophornbeam
Bark: Grayish-brown
Winter Interest: Fruit and flowers are visible through winter
Texture: Medium
Shape: Upright; rounded outline
Mature Size: 30-40' tall by 20-25' wide
Growth Rate: Slow
Adaptability: Prefers a cool, moist, well-drained, slightly acid soil
Native Habitat: Native to Eastern US