American hornbeam


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American hornbeam

[ə‚mer·ə·kən ′hȯrn‚bēm]
(forestry)
Carpinus caroliniana. A tree sometimes attaining a height of 35 feet (10.7 meters) that is characterized by a smooth, steel-gray, fluted bark; it grows throughout the eastern half of the United States, especially in moist soil along banks of streams. Also known as water beech.
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As if its remote location made for insufficient privacy, this shy giant is largely hidden in plain sight by a dense understory of pawpaw and American hornbeam, and a three-foot-thick shroud of poison ivy that encases the trunk from near eye level to about 90 feet up.
American hornbeam, a small understory tree common in our Eastern woodlands, has a bluish-gray, closefitting bark whose smooth surface is broken up by sinewy ripples.
For land described as barren, the estimated numbers of traditional forest trees were impressive: 12,000 American hornbeam (ironwood), 9,000 red maple, 8,000 oaks of nine different species, 6,000 sweet gum, 3,000 black locust, 1,500 hickories, 1,200 willow, 1,000 birch, 500 American chestnut, and 300 flowering dogwood, to name a few.
American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) is a wonderful little understory tree, short enough to tuck into small spaces.
And no forestry-school graduate is ever likely to forget the tribulations of sorting out American hornbeam (AKA blue beech, musclewood, or ironwood) from American hophornbeam (AKA ironwood).

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