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.
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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