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Plant Name:

American Hornbeam

Scientific Name:

Carpinus caroliniana


American Hornbeam is a small deciduous tree with distinctive fluted bark and serrated leaves.


Forests, woodlands, wet areas


Provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds and small mammals. The seeds are consumed by birds and small mammals.

Growing Conditions:

Thrives in well-drained, moist soil in partial shade.


American Hornbeam is often used as an ornamental tree in landscapes. It has wood that is used for various purposes, including tool handles and fuel.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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Fun Facts:

American Hornbeam is also known as Musclewood or Ironwood due to its strong, sinewy appearance. The fluted bark provides visual interest throughout the year.

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