Botanical Name: Ostrya virginiana*
Common Name: Ironwood
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Height: 25-30' Spread: 15-20' Habit/Form: Pyramidal in youth; rounding with age Growth Rate: Slow Zone: 3-9
Cultural Requirements: Best in full sun to part shade. Often found as an understory tree in deciduous forests. Grow in moist, well-drained soil. It is very tolerant of dry conditions but cannot survive flooding. This tree is not susceptible to any serious disease or insect problems.
Ornamental Characteristics: A strong central leader with graceful, fine-textured branching. Its reddish bark becomes shredded with age. Paper-thin leaves turn a pale yellow in the fall.
Uses in the Landscape: Excellent in natural areas, as a street tree, or ornamental shade tree.
Birds Attracted: Songbirds, finch, robin, cardinal, and catbird
Plant Appeal for Birds: Seeds; shelter
Aerial Salt Tolerance: Moderate degree of salt tolerance; use in low salt areas
* Native to Midwest
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