Ptelea trifoliata

water-ash, wafer-ash, common hoptree


wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 15-20 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      yellow
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy fruits, fall color


Recommended Uses: Understory tree, use as a background plant or screen.
Propagation: Cuttings and seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam


wildlife plant  
Larval food of the giant swallowtail
Native Habitats: Floodplains, rich woodlands, upland mixed forest.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: