Ostrya virginiana

Common name: Ironwood

Native plant

Ironwood is one of few superb upland understory trees.  It has yellow fall color and leaves which persist through winter. Fruits look like hops, hence the other common name of “hop-hornbeam.” Many books say the tree grows slowly and transplants poorly. Humbug! Ironwood is the fifth fastest growing tree in our nursery. Only Catalpa, Birches, Aspen, and Alders grow faster. Transplants great up to 10 feet in height. I like to put low-branched trees in clusters and use them as screens. I also have a low-branched single specimen in full sun in my yard that is exquisite. An excellent addition to any landscape.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not to Wet Not to Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

New Construction, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

Catkin

Fall color

Yellow

Size

Mature height
42 Feet
Mature width
20 Feet
Max height
45 Feet
Max width
30 Feet

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