Exceptionally versatile in the landscape, the American Hop Hornbeam is happy in full sun or full shade and grows well in all but constantly wet soils. This is a highly attractive North American native tree that anyone can grow, and almost anywhere in the United States (USDA Zones 3a-9b). A small to medium-sized understory tree with a rounded crown, Hop Hornbeam typically grows 25 to 40 feet tall with a slightly smaller spread. It features birch-like, oval to lance-shaped, serrated, dark green leaves that turn a pleasing golden- yellow in fall. The spring flowers (catkins) are not particularly showy, but following the flowers are very attractive drooping clusters of seed-bearing pods that look like hops, hence the name. These pods persist persist from summer through winter to feed many bird species and small mammals. Showy, reddish-brown shaggy bark provides interest in the landscape during winter. Get all the details below!