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Plant Name:

Common Hoptree

Scientific Name:

Ptelea trifoliata


Common Hoptree is a deciduous shrub or small tree with trifoliate leaves and clusters of small, fragrant flowers.


Woodlands, thickets, stream banks


Common Hoptree provides food and habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including birds and butterflies. The plant is a host for the larvae of certain swallowtail butterflies.

Growing Conditions:

Common Hoptree thrives in well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade.


Common Hoptree has been used for its medicinal properties. The bark and leaves contain compounds with insecticidal and antimicrobial properties. The fruits are used in traditional medicine for various ailments.

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Fun Facts:

Common Hoptree is also known as "Wafer Ash" or "Stinking Ash". It is native to North America.

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