Carpinus caroliniana
American hornbeam

Betulaceae (birch family)
Europe, Asia Minor

A row at the east end of Littlefield Center (south end of Lasuen Street) allows comparison with the nearby European species. The trees are completely deciduous, which makes them difficult to recognize in winter by Californians not familiar with hard winter climates where one becomes accustomed to noticing the form of winter buds.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.