Carpinus caroliniana--American Hornbeam, Ironwood

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Carpinus caroliniana--American Hornbeam, Ironwood

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Ironwood tolerates sun or shade and most soils if moist and well drained. The tree reaches a height of 20 to 40 feet and will spread 15 to 20 feet. The muscle-like bark is smooth, gray and fluted. Ironwood has a slow growth rate and is difficult to transplant. Tolerant of pruning, the tree can be used as a hedge plant. The fall color is orange to yellow.

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