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.
Print Version: Ostrya virginiana, (Eastern) Hop-hornbeam, Ironwood
Learn more about other Mid-Atlantic plants: Tried and True Plant Fact Sheets.