Any tips on Ostrya carpinifolia?

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Any tips on Ostrya carpinifolia?

Post  AlainK on Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:58 pm

I've just received 3 seedlings of European hop hornbeam (Ostrya carpinifolia).

Some of you must have O. virginiana, I suppose the requirements are similar.

I couldn't find any thread or message on the forum about the genus, but maybe you have some experience with it?

A photo of the catkins on O. carpinifolia, from Wikipedia (Franz Xaver - GFDL, cc-by-sa):


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Re: Any tips on Ostrya carpinifolia?

Post  JimLewis on Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:45 pm

The American species prefers drier feet than hornbeam (Carpinus) do. It also is a coarser tree, with larger, heavier leaves. The bark, rather than being smooth and "muscled" is rough and shready. Leaves are a more dull, yellow green than lusterous deep green. An OK tree for bonsai, but not that great.

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Post  AlainK on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:44 pm

Thanks for the reply, Jim. It seems that apart from Italy, and Crotia, O. carpinifolia is not a species used by people over here. We'll see, it's a new experience.

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