The buds of Carpinus caroliniana are alternate with no true terminal bud. The imbricate reddish-brown buds frequently have hairs on the tips of the scales. They differ from Carpinus betulus buds in that they are divergent or come away from the stem while Carpinus betulus buds go towards or against (almost wrapping) the stem.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Betulaceae, Carpinus caroliniana, American hornbeam, blue beech, musclewood, ironwood, tree, deciduous