American Hornbeam - Carpinus Caroliniana
American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) is a native tree to Wisconsin, where it is found in a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, and stream banks. It is a slow-growing tree that can reach a height of 20-35 feet. American hornbeam has a distinctive gray bark that is smooth and flaky. The leaves are dark green and oval-shaped, and they turn yellow, orange, and red in the fall. American hornbeam is a hardy tree that is tolerant of a variety of soils and conditions. It is also resistant to pests and diseases. American hornbeam is a good choice for a shade tree or privacy screen. It is also a popular choice for bonsai.
It's wood is whitish, extremely hard, and heavy and has been used for making mallet heads, tool handles, levers, and other small, hard, wooden objects.