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Ostrya virginiana

American Hop-hornbeam, Eastern Hop Hornbeam

Scientific Name:

Ostrya virginiana

Genus:

Ostrya

Species Epithet:

virginiana

Common Name:

American Hop-hornbeam, Eastern Hop Hornbeam

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Betulaceae (Birch Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 ft., 36-72 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Mesic to dry forests, often rocky, especially over basic rocks, reaching high elevations. Fairly common to common over most of the mountains and Piedmont, but a mysterious scarcity of records for the west-central Piedmont. Is this an artifact of collection, or is this a real anomaly? At any rate, in must be considered rare or very infrequent in this zone of the Piedmont. Infrequent in the western Coastal Plain, including the Sandhills, and rare and local elsewhere in the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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