The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

American Hornbeam Carpinus caroliniana

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American hornbeam is also known as Blue-beech, and Musclewood. It is native to eastern North America but also grows in Canada (southwest Quebec and southeast Ontario).

It is a small tree reaching heights of 10–15 meters (35–50 ft). Like our native Hornbeam the wood is very strong and is used for tool handles, levers etc.

Location : one in the speical collection by the Memorial Garden; square K11; compartment 24B; tag 0007.