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Have you ever heard of a hop hornbeam?

Asked by Strauss (20326points) June 13th, 2014

The city where I live has a very good forestry department, and many lots have one or two trees owned by the city. Several years ago, one of the city trees on my lot had to be removed due to disease, with plans to replace it. Due to the drought of recent years, there was a hiatus placed on new trees, which was lifted this year. I have just been informed that they will be replacing the old tree with a Hop Hornbeam. I have never heard of this type tree. Can anyone help me visualize it?

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dappled_leaves's avatar

We call it ironwood here. Some photos for you to look through.

Strauss's avatar

@dappled_leaves, this one ( kinda resembles the position and angle relative to my house!

Coloma's avatar

Cool trees, the blooms do look just like hops.
I also love Smoke Trees and they grow really fast, are drought tolerant too and pretty foliage and fluffy blooms.

Strauss's avatar

The forestry deptartment also said these trees are xeric, and are being planted as an experiment.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Interesting! The only place I’ve seen them in a natural environment was in a wet valley full of beeches. I wouldn’t have guessed offhand that they were suited for dry places.

Strauss's avatar

They’re going to plant it in the fall. I’ll post a link to a pic.

gailcalled's avatar

I have heard of the tree, but I am a tree nut. I keep the tree ID book next to my birding and wildflower books and use it often. One of my heroes around here can ID most deciduous trees in the winter from the shape and silhouette of the tree and the bark.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I’m much more interested in the fact that your town assumes responsibility for the trees on your property. Very enlightened in this day and age. It can’t possibly last.

Strauss's avatar

@stanleybmanley The town is very forward-thinking as far as forestry, xeriscape, and drought-resistant landscaping.

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