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Dclarke. Hornbeam vs Hophornbeam?
Although American hophornbeam's fall color is not sensational, it helps to "soften" the autumn landscape. THERE ARE TWO members of the birch family that often go unnoticed in the understory of our forests: the Eastern hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) and American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana). Ironwood is a synonym of hornbeam. Both I have found some hornbeam trees (still looking for Hophornbeam) Do they both make … As nouns the difference between hornbeam and hophornbeam is that hornbeam is a tree of the genus carpinus , having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard, common along the banks of streams in the united states while hophornbeam is any species of the genus ostrya , with exceptionally dense wood. American hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana has smooth grey bark which is often rippled like muscle, causing it to be called muscle-wood in some areas. Seems pretty uniform across the board with the other arborists in my field that I’ve come encountered.
It is the upland equivalent to hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana).
Hop Hornbeam… I have learned my trees (in Illinois and North Carolina) and we refer to Hornbeam- Carpinus caroliniana as “Musclewood”, and Hop Hornbeam- Ostrya virginiana as “Ironwood”. Sounds like you have the latter. « previous next » Print; Pages:  Author Topic: Hornbeam vs Hophornbeam? We also refer to Musclewood as Blue Beech. Hop hornbeam, Ostrya virginiana, has light brown shreddy bark and gets the hop hornbeam name from the cluster of overlapping seed pods which resemble a cone of fruits on a hop vine. As nouns the difference between ironwood and hornbeam is that ironwood is (countable) any of a number of tree species known for having a particularly solid wood while hornbeam is a tree of the genus carpinus , having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard, common along the banks of streams in the united states. Introduction: American hophornbeam is a small understory tree of well-drained, deciduous forests that thrives on neglect. (Read 6418 times) 0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. I do have a comment regarding Hornbeam vs. Member; Posts: 30; Hornbeam vs Hophornbeam? Culture: American hophornbeam likes full sun or partial shade.
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