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Ptelea trifoliata

Common Hoptree, Wafer-tree, Stinking-ash

Scientific Name:

Ptelea trifoliata

Genus:

Ptelea

Species Epithet:

trifoliata

Common Name:

Common Hoptree, Wafer-tree, Stinking-ash

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rutaceae (Citrus Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rocky bluffs, especially calcareous or mafic, open woodlands, calcareous Coastal Plain river bluffs, granitic domes. Infrequent in the Brushy Mountains of Alexander and Wilkes counties, but locally numerous on some granitic domes there. Rare to locally uncommon in most of the mountains and adjacent foothills. Generally rare in the Piedmont, away from foothills ranges. Very rare in the Coastal Plain, and presumably absent in far eastern counties. Despite its occurrence in a few dozen counties, it is a Watch List species in NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Notes:

generally restricted to high pH soils

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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