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Common Name: Eastern Hophornbeam

Species Name: Ostrya virginiana (Mill.) K. Koch

Family Name: Betulaceae

Plant Type: Trees



Plant Facts  
Origin North America
Duration Perennial
Distribution in Oklahoma Eastern, along Missouri and Arkansas borders
Sun Preference Shade Tolerant



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics

    Fruit clusters look like hops

  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 6-inch diameter, 20-foot height
    • Leaves: Decidious Broadleaf
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Birch-like and oval to lance-shaped
    • Stipules: Yes
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petals: Drooping, cylindrical and long
    • Petal Number: 0
    • Flower Color: Greenish or reddish
    • Flower Timing: Early Spring
    • Fruit Type: Cone-like



Habitat Closed canopy forest
Soil Type Mesic Floodplains
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6 to 8
Successional Stage Mid to late


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