Carpinus caroliniana (American hornbeam, blue-beech, musclewood)

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Key Characteristics

  • Leaves with straight, unbranched veins
  • Fruit a small nut at the base of a 3-lobed, leaflike bract
  • Bark smooth, thin tight, bluish gray
  • Trunk with musclelike ridges, wavy in cross section

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