Ptelea trifoliata L.

Common Hoptree

Family: Rutaceae

Genus: Ptelea

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: 15 to 20' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Shade


Compound leaves, three leaflets, shiny dark green to 5" long. Flowers in terminal clusters in spring, not very conspicuous. Pendulous seed clusters, seeds encased in thin circular winged disc.


Native to most of the US, eastern Canada and Mexico.

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 118 in 1753. Linnaeus cites Pluk. alm. 159 as does Catesby in his Natural History Volume II plate 83.

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