The two to four inch cluster of nutlets starts out a light, lime green, changing to reddish-yellow, and finally a tan-brown at maturity.
NOTE: This image shows a cluster from a tree at The Morton Arboretum labeled Carpinus caroliniana var. virginiana but accurately illustrates the color of straight species Carpinus caroliniana fruit at maturity.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Betulaceae, Carpinus caroliniana, American hornbeam, blue beech, musclewood, ironwood, tree, deciduous