Ptelea trifoliata d.w. (Common Hoptree, Hop Tree, Wafer Ash) is a small deciduous tree belonging to the Rutaceae family. It is native to North America and can be found across a wide range of regions, including parts of the United States and Canada.
The Common Hoptree typically grows to a height of 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters), although it can occasionally reach up to 30 feet (9 meters) under ideal conditions. It has a rounded or irregularly-shaped crown with spreading branches. The tree has a relatively slow growth rate.
The leaves of the Common Hoptree are compound, consisting of three leaflets. The leaflets are ovate to elliptical in shape, with serrated margins and a glossy green color. In the fall, the foliage turns yellow, providing an attractive display of color.
One of the distinguishing features of the Common Hoptree is its flowers. It produces small, greenish-yellow flowers in late spring or early summer. The flowers are arranged in clusters and have a subtle fragrance. They are followed by the development of winged samaras, which are flat, papery fruits resembling wafer-like disks. These samaras persist on the tree throughout the winter, adding visual interest.
The Common Hoptree prefers well-drained soils and can tolerate a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. It is adaptable to different light conditions and can grow in full sun to partial shade. This tree is also known for its ability to withstand drought and can be a good choice for xeriscaping or dry landscapes.
Due to its relatively small size, attractive foliage, and unique fruits, Ptelea trifoliata is often used as an ornamental tree in gardens, parks, and landscapes. It can also be grown as a shrub or pruned into a hedge. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the tree provides habitat and food for various wildlife species.
Botanical Name : Ptelea trifoliata d.w.
Common Name : Common Hoptree, Hop Tree, Wafer Ash
Height : 5- 20 ft
Spread : 15 ft
Germination Info : Germination info: Seed requires 120 days cold moist stratification ..... Hardiness Zones: 4-8
Hardiness zone : 4-8
Other info : D.W. (Dewinged)
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 500