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Hoptree, Common, or Western Wafer-ash

Ptelea angustifolia

Rutaceae - Rue

Description

Leaves: Alternate; once pinnately compound; deciduous; 3 leaflets; dark green; strong odor when crushed; shiny.

Twigs/buds: Twigs slender; round; dark brown; shiny.  No terminal bud; lateral buds small, hairy.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers polygamo-monoecious, greenish-white, small, fragrant; held in dense clusters; appear in mid-May to early June.  Fruit a two-seeded samara that resembles hops or an elm samara; round; 1/2" to 1" diameter; held in drooping clusters that persist after leaves fall; bitter tasting.

Bark: Dark gray to gray-brown; fairly smooth to warty.

Wood: Heavy; hard; ring-porous; not important.

General: Native from western Texas, west to California, and northern Mexico, including southern Utah.  Thought by some to be a variant of an eastern U.S. species, Ptelea trifoliata var. angustifolia.  Typically found on rocky slopes at the edge of wooded areas.  Intermediate shade tolerance.

Landscape Use: Seldom if ever planted in cultivated landscapes.  Small and generally shrubby.  Likely fairly drought tolerant and able to withstand harsh soils conditions.  Zones 3-9.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Rutaceae - Rue
Cultivar Availability:
No
Hardiness Zone:
3-9
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
Yes

Growth

Growth Rate:
Low
Mature Height:
Low
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
Yes
Crown Shape:
Shrubby

Ornamental

Bark:
Yes
Fall Color:
Yes
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
Yes

Tolerence

Shade:
High
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
High