American Hophornbeam

Ostrya virginiana

Ostrya virginiana

  • Height: 40’
  • Spread: 25’
  • Site characteristics: Dry-moist and moist valley bottoms and lower slopes.
  • Zone: 3b - 9a
  • Wet/dry: Prefers moist, but will tolerate moderately dry soils once established
  • Native range: Eastern United States
  • Salt: Very sensitive
  • pH: 4.2 – 7.6
  • Other: Tolerates light shade
  • Shape: Upright oval
  • Foliage: Dark green
  • Fall color: Yellow
  • Other: Slow growing
  • Additional: Slow to recover from transplanting, transplant in spring
  • Pests: Can develop witches broom. Prone to some chestnut borer damage.

Hophornbeam hophorn
Photos: Paul Wray, Iowa St Un, Bugwood.org (left), and Jesse Saylor, MSU (right).

Ostrya range
Map indicates species’ native range. Source: U.S. Geological Survey.

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