Any of a number of trees that produce very hard timber, in particular:
- A southern African tree of the olive family (Olea laurifolia, family Oleaceae). A North American tree related to the hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana, family Betulaceae)..
- Sugar maples commonly share the forest with ironwood, beech, basswood, white ash, black cherry, yellow birch, white pine, and red oak.
- Later we tour his plantation, through virgin forest of soaring ironwood and banyan trees and rustly arcades of cardamom leaves, with clusters of young green pods at the base.
- The three dominant tree species of the forest canopy are sugar maple, ironwood, and white ash.
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