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    Default Eastern Hop Hornbeam Syrup

    I decided to throw one tap in an eastern hop Hornbeam last week and have about 6 gallons of sap reduced to about a quart right now. Has anyone here ever tried Hornbeam syrup? They are in the birch family so I expect it may taste similar. I haven’t found any mention of anyone actually making syrup out of it.

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    I had to look that one up. I haven't seen an ironwood big enough to tap around here (MI) and I've never heard of anyone making syrup from it.
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    Are you sure it's a hornbeam?? The pic gets distorted when I zoom in but it seems to have a more truly round trunk and most ironwood/hornbeam has a very irregular trunk that has high and low spots all the way around, and they usually don't grow straight or get larger than 4-6 or 7 inches. Of course different areas could have different characteristics but that's what I know of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blissville maples View Post
    Are you sure it's a hornbeam?? The pic gets distorted when I zoom in but it seems to have a more truly round trunk and most ironwood/hornbeam has a very irregular trunk that has high and low spots all the way around, and they usually don't grow straight or get larger than 4-6 or 7 inches. Of course different areas could have different characteristics but that's what I know of them.

    Did u taste it? How's it smell when boiling?
    I agree it looks like maybe a basswood tree or maybe a large steelwood tree. Although I also did not know you could tap ironwood.

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    I don't think a bass would give him any sap. When you guys say ironwood do you mean hardack?

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    The picture is pretty bad so hard to tell for sure, but looks like we could be talking about a Hop Hornbeam or Ostrya Virginiana. Lots of common names for this one, including Hard Ack if you are from Northwestern VT.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostrya_virginiana

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogisland42 View Post
    I don't think a bass would give him any sap. When you guys say ironwood do you mean hardack?
    When I think of ironwood or muscle wood I am of the same thought as blissville and have never seen a large trunk like the one in the picture or rough bark.

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    Apparently there are at least two kinds of ironwoods in the northeastern US; American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana, blue-beech, musclewood) and Eastern Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana). Now I'm confused about which I have or if what I was told was ironwood might be something else. Now I've got another darn quest to add to my list.
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    I would be curious what you find and if you could share a leaf once they come out.

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    Carpinus (Ironwood) has smooth bark and wood often looks muscled like a bodybuilder. Ostrya (hophornbeam) has a gray bark also but looks more like a cat scratched it up. Both are very dense wood and here in central pa never get much bigger than 12" or so.

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