Carpinus caroliniana is monoecious. It produces separate male and female flowers, called catkins, on the same plant. . The catkins are not present during the dormant season but become evident when they emerge from buds in spring. The female flowers are not showy; however, the male flowers can be attractive in bloom. This image shows male catkins beginning to bloom and elongate in early spring. NOTE: This photo is of Carpinus betulus but would be similar to the male catkins of Carpinus caroliniana.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Betulaceae, Carpinus caroliniana, American hornbeam, blue beech, musclewood, ironwood, tree, deciduous