The buds are alternate, brown, pointed and have imbricate scales. They diverge (point away) from the stem. If you look closely you will see there is no true terminal bud. This is also evident in the picture illustrating branch/twig qualities.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Betulaceae, Ostrya virginiana, hophornbeam, American hophornbeam, ironwood, tree, deciduous