I am so thrilled with the all the reader participation in my blog that added new information about persistent winter leaves. That makes this a truly interactive site. So, please, please, keep it coming.
And I have one more participant–Jack Shouba, botanist, instructor at Morton Arboretum, and photographer sent this stunning photograph of Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) that he took at Starved Rock. Hop Hornbeam (or Ironwood) is another tree that holds its leaves all winter, adding delight and interest to the landscape. Hop Hornbeam is a common understory tree in oak woodlands. It can also be grown in the home landscape in sun or shade. A graceful small tree, it grows 20-30′ tall and wide. Josh Arrigoni mentioned this tree in the previous communication.