This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
J. R. P., Frankfort, Ky., writes : ""Which is the Ironwood, the Ostrya Virgmica, or the Carpinus Americana ? I have always regarded the latter as the Ironwood - in this State - but I see that on this there is a disagreement among botanists. In Torrey's Flora of New York he calls the former (the Hop Hornbeam) the Ironwood.
[In these parts the Ostrya is known as Iron-wood. The Carpinus is"Hornbeam" in the books, but among the woodmen it is generally Blue or Water Beech. - Ed. G. M].