Ptelea trifoliata
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Hardiness Zone: 4-9 Height: 15-20 feet; 4.5-6 metres Spread: 15-20 feet; 4.5-6 metres Sun: Part shade to full sun Water: Dry to medium Wildlife: Larval host for Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Giant Swallowtail. Bloom Colour: Greenish white Tolerates: Drought; dry soil; shallow, rocky soil; full sun; deer Culture: Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Noteworthy Characteristics: Hop tree is a dense, rounded, deciduous shrub or small tree which features compound, trifoliate, shiny, dark green leaves which turn greenish yellow in autumn. Terminal clusters of tiny white flowers appear in late spring, giving way to pendulous seed clusters, each seed being encased in a thin, circular, winged disc. Seeds mature to brown in late summer and persist through most of the winter. Garden Uses: Speciment; large, informal hedge or screen.