Blue pin = where North American Hophornbeam can be found! It populates many locations including North Carolina, SW and East Texas, Northern & Eastern Florida, Mexico, Central America, Cape Breton & Ontario, Canada, Minnesota, the northeast (including Connecticut!)
This tree grows from zones 3-9 in soil that is rather dry and well-drained. Often present in the understory of temperate Northeastern forests. Grows best in full or partial sun, but can also grow in the shade.
Origin, history, and uses:
This tree is native to North America. The family, Betulaceae, likely originated at the end of the Cretaceous period.
This tree has very strong, durable wood, typically used for fuel, tool handles, or fence posts. Historically it was also used to make sleigh runners, treat toothaches, coughs, and sore muscles.
Winter: This is a deciduous tree; leaves fall off to preserve energy in winter. Male catkins are visible throughout the winter.
Spring: Male catkins can be seen hanging. Female catkins are visible around April. Flowers start to develop
Summer: Flower can be seen in full bloom.
Fall: Leaves turn yellow and fall early