Scientific Name of Snapdragon and American Hornbeam is used by scientists worldwide. Possibly a guitar neck? Available from: Skean JD, Nobert HA, Martin LC. Comments or questions about this site, or for permission to use photos and information. Wow… I’ve been going to a campsite for 6 years without knowing what that tree was. Michigan Flora Online. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. As nouns the difference between ironwood and hornbeam is that ironwood is (countable) any of a number of tree species known for having a particularly solid wood while hornbeam is a tree of the genus carpinus , having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard, common along the banks of streams in the united states. It appears to have parts of the trunk that wrap around the main trunk, like you could put your elbows inside one another and wrap your arms around each other. Brown. For Robert, Leaves are alternate, simple, and borne singly on short shoots in two rows. He’s incorrect about how big a hornbeam can get; if you hike the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, you will see hornbeam trees up to 48 inches in diameter….great, beautiful, monstrous trees that look like they’re built out of skin-wrapped bundles of rope. Dr. Green Deane, Ironwood is an excellent food source for Ruffed Grouse and is of equal importance as Aspen and Birch. Once you have the look of a Hornbeam inside your head you will always recognize it easily. It is also called ironwood for its very dense timber. They can be eaten raw or roasted. ENVIRONMENT: Moist areas of established forests, occasionally fields. I am trying to find the name of a tree that was in my parent’s back yard. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Available from:  http://michiganflora.net/home.aspx. Ironwood firewood is commonly used as a blanket term for several different types of dense firewood producing trees. [cited 9 May-2016]. Carpinus caroliniana, commonly called American hornbeam, is a slow-growing, deciduous, small to medium-sized understory tree with an attractive globular form.It is native to Missouri where it is typically found in rich moist woods, valleys, ravine bottoms and rocky slopes along streams throughout the eastern and Ozark regions of the state (Steyermark). virginiana (Marshall) Furlow, Syst. Blue beech (Carpinus caroliniana), also called musclewood or American hornbeam, is a small, slow-growing tree, native to Minnesota and the eastern U.S. Deer will eat the shoots but it is not a preferred food. IDENTIFICATION: A small tree, nearly shrubby, to 25 feet,rounded crown, twisted trunk. Michigan Press 447 p. Michigan Flora Online. Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) is an attractive small tree that is common, but not abundant in its natural range. 4 m tall, and was in fair condition due to a wound at the base of the tree. Flowers bloom in April-May as the leaves develop. TIME OF YEAR: Flowers March to May, nutlets late August to winter. There are some 33,000 seeds to a pound, though every three to five years the tree will produce larger crops than usual. As fare goes, the nutlets are neither great nor awful, but they are small, which is why they are diminished by most writers. I bought two tiny trees at a local native plant sale that I am pruning to keep as single trunk trees. Thanks again, Authors are solely responsible for the content and accuracy of their sites, including opinions they express, No matter how you look at it, this tree has confusing names. Ironwood is a common name for many woods or plants that have a reputation for hardness, or specifically a wood density that is heavier than water (approximately 1000 kg/m 3, or 62 pounds per cubic foot), although usage of the name ironwood in English may or may not indicate a … Michigan trees, revised and updated: a guide to the trees of the Great Lakes region. Hop Hornbeam… I have learned my trees (in Illinois and North Carolina) and we refer to Hornbeam- Carpinus caroliniana as “Musclewood”, and Hop Hornbeam- Ostrya virginiana as “Ironwood”. February 2011. In … Wind can disperse them up to 64 feet from the tree. Carpinus caroliniana, the American hornbeam, is a small hardwood tree in the genus Carpinus.American hornbeam is also known as blue-beech, and musclewood.It is native to eastern North America, from Minnesota and southern Ontario east to Maine, and south to eastern Texas and northern Florida.It also grows in Canada (southwest Quebec and southeast Ontario). Barnes BV, Wagner, WH Jr. 2004. I'm a college performance major looking to purchase a professional piccolo, one where I don't have to buy step-up in a few years. Do these trees have a deep taproot or shallow roots, and what extra care to take in digging up and transplanting? and western Honduras. This species is highly shade-tolerant, slow growing, and short lived. Are the seeds from the hop horn beam tree edible as well? Ironwood tree leaves fall during the drought season. Dark patches may occur on the bark due to the muscle like ridges that are characteristic of the trunks of this species. It has many common names, the most common include: blue beech because of its very smooth gray bark, and musclewood referring to its muscle-like branches which are irregularly fluted. [cited 9 May-2016]. It is no surprise that the strong wood of this tree has given it several other common names; American hornbeam, musclewood, and ironwood. It is another important sub-dominant tree that makes up the understory layer of the forest. There was one on a property my Father owned and later sold. Information about the common street trees of Albion, Michigan [Internet]. The flowers are wind-pollinated. As nouns the difference between ironwood and hornbeam is that ironwood is (countable) any of a number of tree species known for having a particularly solid wood while hornbeam is a tree of the genus carpinus , having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard, common along the banks of streams in the united states. Habitat: Grows on moist, rocky, wooded slopes. It was used for tool handles. May I humbly suggest you take a trip to Texas. And, I want to put two in my yard. Carpinus caroliniana is also known as musclewood, ironwood, blue beech, and american hornbeam. [cited 9 May-2016]. Carpinus caroliniana, or Blue Beech, is a member of Betulaceae (the birch family). Musclewood is a synonym of hornbeam. The Hornbeam, however, is heavily used by beaver because it is common their habitat. I consider myself as a proverbial green thumb and can get most things to survive but I read it is difficult to transplant so I want to take precautions. It’s been used for tool handles and support poles and. This is not completely true. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Disclaimer: Information contained on this website is strictly and categorically intended as a reference to be used in conjunction with experts in your area. Learn how your comment data is processed. Trees are monecious meaning that both “male” and “female” flowers are present on each tree. “Male” catkins are not visible until spring, typically 2.5-4 cm (1-1.75 in) long, and are greenish in color. Albion Trees. Some of these shows are available on YouTube and are very well done, with respect for the natural world and appreciation for the knowledge and cultural traditions of people all over the world whose way of life has not yet been completely obliterated by industrialization. And it takes quite a bit of time to cure being that it’s very hard. I watered them well in the first two years and they are thriving. It was planted near to a Katsura tree and for a long time I thought that the tree I am describing was the Katsura. Albion Trees. Thank You. Wild Turkey, Squirrel, Cottontails, Ring-Necked Pheasant, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Downy Woodpecker, and Purple Finch have been observed to feed on the hop-like seeds and buds. Does the musclewoon wrap around itself? But you could probably find someone in your area that will kill dry it for you professionally and slowly takes about a week. But the hornbeam has its own special look, and it is of a well-muscled, sinewy tree. I do SASE’s on the ‘seed exchange’ on the gardenweb forum, just message me there (my handle is mersiepoo). Ironwood as well. The small nuts are edible, but seldom used by humans. Please make another suggestion if it does not wrap a round. But the usual size is much smaller. Its other common name Ironwood is used to describe the dense, tough wood of this species. May 14, 2006. However it occupies different sites than the Hop-Hornbeam tree which is another understory species. Foraging should never begin without the guidance and approval of a local plant specialist. I suspect their great size is primarily due having to reach for the sun among the oaks and poplars. 3 vols. Wonder if a bow could be made from this wood? If you are still searching for it, this fall I can probably gather some for you, we have the ‘blue beech’ hornbeam, and in fact I was looking around online to identify the trees in order to make the ‘hornbeam’ bach flower remedy for someone. February 2011. Question There may be several varieties of iron wood. Saw that you mentioned hop hornbeam wouldn’t make a good archery bow. Hornbeam never grows to a huge size, perhaps six or seven inches through on average. Must be debarked in the spring when the bark is at its slipperiest. However there are no donation records for this species. University of Michigan [Internet]. It is part of the Betulaceae (birch) family and has several nicknames, including blue beech, muscle beech, water beech, muscletree, musclewood, and ironwood. It used to be favored to make charcoal powder. He had been a policeman most of his adult life and at some point someone made him a Billy Club from a chunk of Ironwood. 1913. ), but as I learned last weekend ironwood is an alternate name for at least two other trees.. Ironwood’s official name is eastern hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana).). I liberated another one in the woods (sorry, I shouldn’t have, but……). Seems pretty uniform across the board with the other arborists in my field that I’ve come encountered. Copyright 2007-2018 – This web page is the property of Green Deane, LLC. It is also the larval host of several butterflies including the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Striped hairstreak, Red-spotted Purple, and Tiger Swallow-tail. Where can I buy hornbeam seeds for eating, hornbeam leaves for making tea or do anything else herbal with hornbeam. References: Barnes BV, Wagner, WH Jr. 2004. However Musclewood is not a true beech species. Or knife handles or duck calls ? Peattie, Donald C. 1948. I want trees rather than multiple trunks so I am pruning them up before I allow them to branch. Depending on where you live Blue Beech, American Hophornbeam, Eastern Hophornbeam and even Musclewood (due to its twisted trunk and resemblance to a muscle) are names given to describe "Ironwood" which makes identifying the tree somewhat confusing. And so it is with the American Hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana, (kar-PYE-nus kair-oh-lin-ee-AY-nuh.). My brother-in-law is a bow maker and tells me American Hornbeam will make a good bow. Qualities of Ironwood (Also Called "Hornbeam") "American Hornbeam" and "Hop Hornbeam" are hard and strong, especially well suited for tool handles and timber-frame pegs. They are elliptical to oblong, sharp pointed, and the margins are sharply doubly serrated with larger teeth at the ends of veins. University of Michigan [Internet]. METHOD OF PREPARATION: Nutlets raw or roasted, boiled or ground to add to other flours or food. Carpinus caroliniana trees are a good lesson in the value of using scientific names when referring to different species of plants and animals. 12: 429. 2014. I live close to Niagara Falls, Ontario and looked in a local park to see what grows naturally in this area. American hornbeam is also called musclewood because of the sinewy appearance of its smooth gray bark. The providers of this website accept no liability for the use or misuse of information contained in this website. 1b. In Minnesota, it is found in the understory in forests of maple, basswood, oak, cherry and white birch. Thanks… have you visited the site Foraging Texas? It is more flexible than hickory and just as tough, I don’t know why everyone thinks oasage orange is the only bow wood. My ironwood tree is dying – leaves have already turned yellow and are falling off. All rights reserved. Thanks all the wonderful info and reading time you have given me. Now that I know what it is, you’ve made my camping trips more interesting… Thx . Please direct questions or comments to websupport@albion.edu. Cherokee used black locust, and Osage orange. Just thought that was interesting and notable, if there were regional differences in the nickname Ironwood for two different species. Carpinus caroliniana Walter – Betulaceae – birch family. Boston (MA): Houghton Mifflin Company 606 p. Skean JD, Nobert HA, Martin LC. A natural history of trees of eastern and central North America. Ironwood is a synonym of hornbeam. 1987. American Hornbeam, Musclewood, or Ironwood, is a deciduous tree that may grow 30 to feet tall. As for its scientific name, Caroliniana (like Virginiana) means North America, or at least central North America. It is indeed a very hard, heavy and stiff wood. Ted Donaho Squirrels, rabbits, and beaver eat the seeds, wood, and bark. This one has a single trunk that was growing from the root of another tree with only sparse roots of its own. Noteworthy Characteristics. Take the papery bracts and rub them between you hands to free the nutlets. Hi John! Musclewood and Ironwood, names thought to be interchangeable for the same plant species. We also refer to Musclewood as Blue Beech. The Hornbeam grows throughout eastern North American, from Florida to Quebec, Louisiana north to Ontario  It is also found in Texas, Arkansas, central and southern Mexico, Guatemala. The leaf blades are 5-10 cm (2-4 in) long and 2-4 cm (0.75-1.5 in) wide. though the bark does have some medicinal uses and the leaves have been employed as an astringent. Ray Mears is not just an author, but also has several television series about traditional survival skills and wild foods. The Primitave Archer website says it’s #2 with osage-orange being #1. The name hornbeam refers to the genuine strength of its wood — it is one of the hardest and strongest woods in North America. The American hornbeam is also occasionally known as blue-beech, ironwood, or musclewood, the first from the resemblance of the bark to that of the American beech Fagus grandifolia, the other two from the hardness of the wood and the muscular appearance of the trunk, respectively. Love this website, especially the archives. Available from. That said the buds are to me the clearest differentiator. Here in the South you’ll hear it called Blue Beech or Water Beech. The bark of this tree is thin, bluish-gray, and smooth. Hornbeam looks taut, cut and buff, as if it goes to the forest gym twice a day and lifts … iron. A heavily seeding tree is between 25 and 50 years old. Interesting… I’ve found some persimmons near 70 feet tall doing the same thing riverside. Related to the Alders, Birches, Filberts, and Hophornbeams, the edible part are small nutlets. As nouns the difference between musclewood and hornbeam is that musclewood is (botany) a common name for the species carpinus caroliniana , a species of deciduous tree while hornbeam is a tree of the genus carpinus , having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard, common along the banks of streams in the united states. The existing trees are not what I would have chosen, but trees are precious and so they will remain. Likewise I have noticed that birch essential oil does slightly decrease my fatigue, so perhaps other products from the birch family might be helpful also? This southwestern tree lives in desert habitats and provides shade and food for many species. My co-worker and I are teaching a few foraging/survival classes to staff and we are learning Volumes from your website. I don’t think it has the flexibility for a bow but I am not a bow maker. Typically growing into a large shrub or small tree, this species has been known to reach heights of 5-10 m (15-35 ft) and develop trunks 15-30 cm (6-12 in) in diameter. But, it is strong and dense, 45 pounds per cubic foot. However Musclewood is not a true beech species. British author Ray Mears must have been thinking of the Hornbeam when he said a forager mustn’t pass up food no matter how meager. Seeds of the Hornbeam are an important food for squirrels. Ann Arbor, MI: Univ. I still have it. Makes a nice small yard tree, slow growing. I dug about 12″ laterally on both sides of the little tree, cut the lateral root and pulled it up. Hornbeam Tree Vs Beech. 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