Ptelea trifoliata - Plant
Common name: hop tree
Bloom time: june
Height: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Hop tree is a dense, rounded, Missouri native, deciduous shrub or small tree which occurs in open woods, glades, ravines, thickets and prairies. Typically grows to 10-20 tall. Features compound, trifoliate, shiny, dark green leaves (each leaflet is 2-5" long) which turn greenish yellow in autumn.
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: temperatures (20 C)
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Carrion flies pollinate the flowers.
- Flowers give way to pendulous seed clusters, each seed being encased in a thin, circular, winged disc (1" diameter samara).
- Seeds mature to brown in late summer and persist through most of the winter.
Tree or shrub. Specimen or groups. Effective as a large, informal hedge or screen.
- A tincture of ptelea, made in whiskey, is reputed to have cured several cases of asthma, and is said to cause, in many instances where it has been used, a troublesome external erysipelatous inflammation, either general or local, but which, if the use of the tincture be persisted in, finally disappears, and the patient becomes, at the same time, permanently cured of the disease for which he was treated.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
for medicinal use
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