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Carpinus caroliniana
American Hornbeam

The smooth bark of American Hornbeam becomes fluted (also termed sinewy, defining the rounded longitudinal or twisting ridges) with increasing trunk diameter, and provides an outstanding ornamental feature year-round. Its distinctive blue-gray color gives this tree the alternative common name of Blue Beech, and its muscular texture and heavy wood give rise to the common names of Musclewood and Ironwood.


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