Scientific name: The scientific name for the Hophornbeam is the Ostrya virginiana.
Height: The Hophornbeam can grow to be 20-30 feet tall.
Bark: The bark is gray and it has narrow rounded ridges covered with scales .
Leaves: The leaves are egg shaped, hairy, sharp-toothed and 2-3 inches long. They look something like Yellow Birch leaves .
Fruit: The fruit is 1 1/2 - 2 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. It has a ribbed nutlet that occurs in clusters. It ripens in September .
Wood: The wood is used for levers, mallets, tool handles, and chopping blocks. The wood is close-grained, heavy and very strong.
Soil: The Hophornbeam's soil is dry and gravelly.
Flowers: The flowers occur in catkins. They open with the buds of the leaves.