*European hornbeam

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*Carpinus betulus
EUROPEAN HORNBEAM

Betulaceae
Eurasia

Location: map coordinates J-37 (northwest side of ETV Building), N 39°11'9'' W 75°32'46''

Planting history: presently unknown. Plaque to left of this tree dedicated to Joy Cottrell, "1st graduate of Nursing Department, Delaware State College 1978".

Description:
  • small- to medium-sized deciduous tree
  • etymology: Carpinus = latin name; betulus = from Betula (birch)
  • leaves simple, egg-shaped, toothed, alternate
  • monoecious (separate male and female flowers on the same plant); flowers small, in catkins
  • fruit small, dry, with conspicuous leafy bracts; wind-dispersed
  • wood hard
  • shape attractive

*Non-native species (not native to Delaware)

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