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Ostrya virginiana

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A rare plant in the UK, Ostrya virginiana grows to be an elegant tree with attractive catkins covering the branches of established specimens in spring before the leaves emerge. The leaves are dark green in the summer turning warm shades of yellow and gold in autumn before falling.

Ostrya virginiana is a fascinating and handsome tree.

Supplied Size: 3L container (60 - 80 cm tall)

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Ostrya virginiana | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Fertile, moist soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Rate of Growth: Slow when young but slow to moderate once established.
Habit: Ostrya virginiana grows to be an elegant small tree, generally with a rounded or sometimes pyrimidal habit once established.
Height: 8 m (26 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)

Plant Finder: about Ostrya virginiana

Common names

Eastern hop hornbeam, American hop hornbeam, Leverwood, Hop hornbeam


Ostrya virginiana (Eastern hop hornbeam). This is a small garden or patio tree, The leaves are light green and will turn reddish in the autumn. The flowers are produced in clusters of yellowish bladder-like fruits throughout the summer. The bark is very attractive with frayed-plated strips.


They are frost-hardy trees which will need a sheltered position in full sun or partial-shade, in fertile well-drained soil.

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage, catkins and fruits. can be grown in large gardens

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Ostrya virginiana | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
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