The attractive bark inspires this species multitude of common names. The blue-gray color gives rise to blue beech, the smooth sinewy texture supplies the name of musclewood, and the common name of ironwood comes from its heavy, hard wood. The bark is indistinguishable from Carpinus betulus but is a useful identification feature for the genus Carpinus. NOTE: This is an image of a tree at The Morton Arboretum labeled Carpinus caroliniana var. virginiana but accurately illustrates the bark features of straight species Carpinus caroliniana.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Betulaceae, Carpinus caroliniana, American hornbeam, blue beech, musclewood, ironwood, tree, deciduous