Hop Tree

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Hop Tree

Ptelea trifoliolata
Common Hoptree, Wafer Ash, Cola de Zorrillo
12

26 feet
8

14 feet
Central and eastern North America.
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Shade
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low

About This Plant

Sun or shade. Deciduous, with fragrant flowers in spring. With training, it can take the form of a tall spreading shrub, though it’s generally overlooked in formal plantings. Early settlers experimented with it to bring bitterness and citrus flavor to beer.

Hop tree attracts giant and tiger swallowtails to the butterfly garden (and serves as a host for their caterpillars). For this reason alone, it makes a clever, colorful addition to any border; use it with sumacs and cedars to enliven any native edge. Preserve it if you already have it on-site; it can be hard to find in nurseries. Since the crushed leaves give off a strong odor, this is a plant that deer definitely tend to stay away from.

Maintenance

Generally carefree. Prune sparingly, for shaping only; this is a background shrub, useful for larval butterflies, who will eat the summer leaves.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Tree
Size:
12-26' H, 8-14' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Thin
Wildlife:
Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Green
Bloom Time:
April, May
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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