This small tree is located near the bottom of the stairs in the retaining wall by the chapel. It is between the sidewalk to 21st Ave.S. and the Central Library.
American hornbeam has leaves
similar to hop hornbeam leaves
. The bark
of American hornbeam is smooth like beech bark
(giving it one of its common names: "blue beech"), but looks like it has rippling muscles beneath it (giving it another of its common names: "muscle-tree"). This is quite different from the shreddy bark of hop hornbeam
. American hornbeam fruits
hang in a small cluster which has a more leafy look than the hop hornbeam fruits
American hornbeam is common in middle Tennessee forests.