Ostrya virginiana (American Hophornbeam) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for patient gardeners who have experience with challenging seeds. Sow about 1/2 inch deep. Apparently, these benefit from a warm-moist period first (about 3 months), then a natural or artificial chilling period of 4 months or so before a return to warmth, so buying these seeds when they are freshly collected and sowing immediately is a good way to go. Or, you could sow outdoors in mid fall to mid winter; if no seedlings appear in spring, leave the seeds outdoors through the summer, fall, and winter, and look for seedlings the following year.

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American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), also known as ironwood, is a deciduous, understory trees that typically reaches about 30 feet tall. The separate male and female flowers are both held in catkins. As the seeds develop through summer into fall, the clustered, green pods look much like the “cones” of true hops (Humulus lupulus). The green summer foliage turns yellow in fall, and the pods turn brown. The species is native to eastern North America. These seeds are from wild plants growing here in Milford Township, Bucks County, PA. Full sun to partial shade; average soil. Zones 3 to 9.

Collected in early September 2023. At least 12 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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