blue beech


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blue beech

n.
A hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) native to eastern and central North America.

[From the bluish-gray color of its bark .]
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And thanks to the blue-gray bark, some people call it blue beech.
Pawpaw (Asimina triloba), blue beech (Carpinus caroliniana), Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana), and grape (Vitis spp.), were never observed being used as song perches by Cerulean Warblers.
Species Density Heat Value Osage orange .78-.83 112 Dogwood .70-.79 100-107 Hophornbeam .70-.75 100-101 Hickory .70-.74 100 Oak .60-.73 86-99 Black locust .69-.70 95-98 Blue beech .65-.71 93-96 Beech .64-.66 89-91 Hard maple .58-.65 83-88 Birch .55-.64 79-86 Mulberry .59-.63 84-85 Apple .58-.62 83-84 Ash .57-.61 81-82 Southern pine .51-.60 73-81 Elm .50-.59 71-80 Walnut .52-.55 74 Soft maple .47-.54 67-73 Tamarack .49-.53 70-72 Cherry .50-.52 70-71 Sycamore .49-.52 70 Gum .48-.52 69-70 Douglas fir .45-.51 64-69 Sassafras .44-.46 62-63 Chestnut .42-.44 59-60 Spruce .41-.44 59 Tulip or yellow poplar .40-.42 57 Hemlock .40-.42 57 Cottonwood .38-.41 54-55 Balsam fir .36-.40 51-54 Redwood .33-.40 47-54 Aspen .37-.39 53 Basswood .37-.39 53 White pine .35-.37 50
Out of the blue Beech gets a call from old flame Veronica (Lesley Dunlop).
And no forestry-school graduate is ever likely to forget the tribulations of sorting out American hornbeam (AKA blue beech, musclewood, or ironwood) from American hophornbeam (AKA ironwood).
This periodic flooding with slow drying provides a richly diverse overstory of mixed hardwoods: shellbark hickory, pecan, slippery elm, sweetgum, hackberry, persimmon, pawpaw, possumhaw, blue beech, pumpkin ash, and the great oaks: bur, Shumard, overcup, and swamp chestnut.