The leaves of Carpinus caroliniana are alternate, simple, with a strong pinnate vein pattern, elliptical shape, doubly serrate margins and an acuminate (drawn out) leaf tip. It looks very similar to Ostrya virginiana however; Carpinus caroliniana veins rarely fork before they reach the edge of the leaf.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Betulaceae, Carpinus caroliniana, American hornbeam, blue beech, musclewood, ironwood, tree, deciduous