Text Box: Occurs most frequently along stream banks or in moist bottomlands. Also occurs on lower well drained slopes.  A small tree that is found in the under story.
Text Box: Carpinus caroliniana Walter; Musclewood
Text Box: N C STATE UNIVERSITY

The smooth grey bark of this young tree is sinewy in appearance resembling  muscle tissue.

This particular tree has two main trunks arising from the ground.

Young fruit.

Simple leaves are found on thin branches. Musclewood is deciduous.