TREE: Ostrya virginiana (Eastern Hop Hornbeam)

Ostrya virginiana, Eastern Hop Hornbeam . The fruit - resembles hops and consists of clusters of leafy, oval, papery sacs.

The fruit resembles hops and consists of clusters of leafy, oval, papery sacs.
Photo © 2015 Elaine Mills

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Despite being one of the hardest of native woods, Hop-hornbeam is undesirable in commercial forests. It provides interest as an ornamental though, with fluted trunk, exfoliating bark, and drooping clusters of sac-like pods that resemble the fruit of hops, hence its common name.

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