An excellent understory tree renowned for its sinuous trunks covered with smooth beech-like bark, dangling yellow catkins in spring are followed by loose chains of winged nuts that persist after leaf fall, thin leaves are finely toothed and turn wonderful shades of yellow and orange in the autumn, a preferred tree for hummingbird nesting, host plant for White Admiral/Red Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis), Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) and Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops) butterflies, nuts are eaten by a variety of birds & animals, exceptionally strong wood, great woodland or specimen tree, suitable for bonsai. I love this tree & remember its 'muscley' trunks from when I was a kid!
15-20' tall (12-18' wide)
Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-9b
Native Range: : s. QC & ON, south through MN & e. OK, to e. TX & c. FL
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