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Ironwood or Eastern Hophornbeam

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From: Jeff Friedhoff
Quincy, IL
I have heard the tree name "ironwood." I have been unable to find any info about this tree at all. I've checked 2 Illinois tree books to no avail. Is this name slang for another tree?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Jeff:

Ironwood is synonymous with eastern hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana). Eastern hophornbeam is the preferred common name according to Little's Checklist of United States Trees: Native and Naturalized (1979). Both common names are used in tree identification books and publications.

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