The hop hornbeam has a hop-like cluster of seeds, each in an inflated papery bag.
The hop hornbeam has habits like the other ironwood and an equal reputation for the hardness of its wood.
It is often called hornbeam and ironwood, and it is closely related to hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana).
Comparisons: The blue beech or hornbeam is often confused with the ironwood or hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana).
The fine, delicate spray of the hop hornbeam is a fairy net whose every mesh is fringed with immaculate beauty.
We may find on these twigs some remnant of the hop-like seed clusters which give this little tree its name, hop hornbeam.