Ostrya carpinifolia

One of the most charismatic trees in our collection, Ostrya carpinifolia is currently showing male catkins.
The hop hornbeam (Ostrya carpinifolia) has plenty to offer throughout the year. It has a gnarled trunk with rough bark; has ovate, heavily-veined leaves; and has bladder-like husks which hide the nutlets. At this time of year it produces fine-scaled male catkins, typical of the hazel family (Corylaceae) to which it belongs. Ostrya carpinifolia is a native of south east Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus, and although introduced to gardens in the early eighteenth century, this species is seldom grown.
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