Hop Tree


Ptelea trifoliata

  • Full Shade to Part ShadeFull Shade to Part Shade
  • Dry to Medium
  • Sand Loam, Loam, Clay Loam

Available for pre-order

Plant in 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inch plastic pot

*Note: Hop Trees are dioecious (male and female flowers on separate trees). You will need a male and female tree to produce fruit. Unfortunately, we cannot determine the sex of the tree until it is flowering (in several years). We recommend purchasing at least two plants to increase your chances of having a male and female if you are interested in fruit production.

A unique and shorter growing tree that is a host to Giant Swallowtail caterpillars. It is also an important habitat for birds and the tiny white flowers provide a valuable nectar source for a variety of butterfly species. An understory shade tolerant tree that prefers dry to medium, nutrient poor, sandy, or rocky conditions.

The name 'Hop' comes from the historic use of the seed as a hop substitute. 'Trifoliata' refers the compound leaves divided into three leaflets.

Image Credit: Will Cook (Carolina Nature) and Oregon State University (mature tree)

Growing Habits

Mature Height: 20 feet

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