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Description for Hoptree
Ptelea trifoliata, the common hoptree, stinking ash or wafer ash, is a species of flowering plant in the Rutaceae family, native to North and Central America. Hop tree, is a dense, rounded. The trunk is slender and crooked, bearing interwoven, ascending branches. Bark, crushed foliage, and twigs have a slightly lemonlike, unpleasant musky odor. Trifoliate, deciduous leaves with leaflets on a petiole up to 2 inches long. Terminal clusters (cymes) of tiny white flowers appear in late spring.
Planting and care
Caring for Hoptree
- It is an attractive, tall shrub or small understory tree, for both moist conditions and dry rocky sites.
- If grown in full sun and cut back, wafer ash will be quite bushy.
- Sweet nectar of this plant attracts many species of butterflies.
- All parts are aromatic. Prefers moist soil such as a watered garden or seep area.
Typical uses of Hoptree
Special features: No serious insect or disease problems.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: NA
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