This small tree is at the corner of Cole Hall facing the entrance stairway of Rand/Sarratt.
Hop hornbeam leaves
are toothed on the margin and more even leaf bases than elms. The leaves look very similar to the leaves of American hornbeam
. These two trees can easily be distinguished by their bark. Hop hornbeam bark
tends to flake off. American hornbeam bark
is smooth, gray, and is fluted like muscles. Hop hornbeam fruits
are a cluster of inflated scales that look quite different from American hornbeam fruits
Hop hornbeam is a common tree in the woods of middle Tennessee.
This particular tree is described on p. 61 of The Trees of Vanderbilt