Also called blue beech, ironwood (although do not confuse with American hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana which is also called that), and musclewood (very descriptive of the tree's trunk, appearing ribbed with muscles).

Native to eastern 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
Genus used as host by caterpillars of 70 species
of 🦋 butterflies and moths, in some areas.

The wood is very strong and durable, valued for making wagon wheels.

If you see one American hornbeam, you often see many others nearby — usually several dozen.

Learn more about American hornbeam Carpinus caroliniana

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