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Old 09-07-2011, 01:13 AM   #1
Jul 2010
Blacksburg/Herndon, VA
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So I came across this tree today on campus:

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After digging in some of my forestry books for an identification, I actually ruled out the possibility that it is the common "Hoptree" (I have never seen one of these before).

After a little more digging to procrastinate from actual work, I figured out it is actually in the Birch family. With those leaves I was expecting it to be one of the crazy cultivar varieties of disease resistant Elm. Alas, it is Ostrya arpinifolia of the Betulaceae family. Googling the botanical name gave me the common name of "Hop Hornbeam".

And yes, I checked...The cones are aroma-free
If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 sharpening my axe. ~Abe Lincoln

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Old 09-07-2011, 03:28 PM   #2
Aug 2008
, New York
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Cool find. I wonder if they grow well up here...

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Old 09-07-2011, 03:39 PM   #3
Jul 2009
Saratoga Springs, New York
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They do, we had them on campus in Syracuse.

I think its more likely to be Ostrya virginiana Eastern Hop-Hornbeam. They are more common to the area

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Old 09-07-2011, 03:40 PM   #4
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Do they have any bittering properties at least?
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I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas.

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