Significance in Ojibwe Cultures:
How to Identify the Leaves:
"Ironwood has simple, alternating oval-shaped leaves with sharp teeth that are successively larger towards the end of a growing shoot. Male flowers, called catkins, hang in early spring to release pollen. This tree may also be called hop hornbeam, because the maturing clusters of fruit looks like hops. Older trunks have rough, peeling strips of grayish-brown bark."