The alternate, zig-zag, reddish-brown twigs are somewhat pubescent when first formed but become glabrous as they mature. Typical of plants in the Betulaceae family, Ostrya virginiana produces many slender, fine twigs.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Betulaceae, Ostrya virginiana, hophornbeam, American hophornbeam, ironwood, tree, deciduous