Ptelea trifoliata, Hoptree, Wafer Ash
Larval Host Plant for the Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) butterflies.
Hoptree is a deciduous small rounded headed tree or large shrub. Flowers are small yellow green in a dense cluster form: the foliage is aromatic when leaves are crushed, yellow fall color. It forms a spreading, usually multi-stemmed plant that seldom exceeds 20 feet in height. When in bloom it's as if you are walking through an orange grove. The common name refers to the fact the fruit were once used in making beer as a substitute for hops.
Hardiness Zone 4-9
Full Sun-Partial Shade
Mature Growth: 15-20 feet tall
Soil: Average well drained garden soil
Plant Sizes: 10-14" tall in 2 quart poly bag, 18-24" tall in 1 gallon, 28-32" tall in 1 gallon
Special Order: for larger trees 4-6 feet tall, please contact us.
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillars