Most of the nutlets fall off in autumn and are a favorite food source for a variety of wildlife. The remnant peduncle that held the 3-parted fruits frequently remains on the stem tip and can serve as a clue to the identification of the genus Carpinus.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Betulaceae, Carpinus caroliniana, American hornbeam, blue beech, musclewood, ironwood, tree, deciduous