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​A Quick Overview of the Ironwood Tree

​A Quick Overview of the Ironwood Tree

Posted by Tammy Sons on Apr 3rd 2018

A Quick Overview of the Ironwood Tree

The ironwood tree is known for its wood. It is also known for its buds and catkins among many bird lovers. Birds love the tree's buds and catkins, which makes many bird watchers flock to the tree since they are likely to see a few interesting birds feeding. The tree is also known as the American hophornbeam, hop hornbeam, and some call it hornbeam.

The ironwood tree can grow anywhere from 25 feet to a whopping 40 feet tall, making it a pretty remarkable tree to look at. It should be noted that this tree is known for its thickness, so it is not uncommon to find wide ironwood. The tree's bark is pretty interesting. For one, it is not completely brown. The wood usually has some natural gray touches, making the tree stand out from others. The bark is usually broken into narrow strips.

The leaves are not too complicated. Most of them are about two inches long though some can be as long as five inches. The width is usually about half of the leaf's length. The shape of the leaf can be oblong, but some leaves are heart-shaped, which can make it look a bit romantic. The leaf has a double-serrated margin and a very hairy petiole. Those who are looking for the leaf's main vein will have to look at the leaf's underbelly.

The ironwood's twigs are slim and dark but shiny. The color is not gray-like but rather brown with reddish undertones. The twigs are usually zig-zag shaped.

The male catkins can be seen throughout the winter, which shows this tree's ability to fight through the winter. The female flowers only show up in the spring, but they are a sight to see.

It is easy to see why the ironwood tree is so unique to tree lovers.