(Ostrya virginiana)
The Birch family (Betulaceae)

A small to medium sized, graceful, deciduous tree with brown, shaggy to scaly bark and alternate leaves with serrated edges. Also known as Ironwood.


Moist to dry woodlands and forests.

Interesting Facts: 

This is one of the hardest and toughest of the native woods. The common name refers to the resemblance of the fruit clusters to hops, an ingredient of beer.

A nutlet is enclosed in a papery envelope, arranged in closely packed drooping clusters that are 1.5 – 2” long.
The male and female flowers are both catkins that appear before the leaves.
Wildlife value: 
The nutlets and buds are eaten by wildlife such as deer, squirrels, rabbits, and some birds.
Male Flowers
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 1.00-3.50 inches
Tree height: 30.00-60.00 feet

Where to find Eastern Hophornbeam on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

TER - Walker Terrace 15.0

BBR - Backbone Ridge Trail 5.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.