HOP TREE

FAMILY: Rutaceae | GENUS: PTELEA trifoliata

TYPE
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Native to the eastern U.S. Gets its name from its late-summer fruit, once used as a substitute for hops. Bushy plant grows slowly to 1520 ft. tall and wide. Dark green, 2- to 5-in.-long leaves are divided into three oval, pointed leaflets; they turn yellow in fall. Greenish white flowers appear in late spring; they aren't showy, but the fruit that follows is conspicuousroundish and flattened, to 1 in. across, pale green aging to brown. Easy to grow, very adaptable, and free from serious pests, hop tree is a good candidate for a woodland garden, naturalized area, or even a shrub border. Stems and leaves emit a strong citrus odor when bruised. Leaves of 'Aurea' emerge bright yellow in spring, then fade to lime-green by late summer.

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