Ptelea trifoliata, or Hop Tree, is a North American native plant that is a deciduous, fragrant species. This plant is a large shrub by nature, reaching 5-10 feet tall, but can grow up to a 20-foot small tree. It is able to tolerate a variety of conditions such as full sun, shade, and semi-shade. It can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 4-10.
When growing Ptelea trifoliata, it is important to take proper care of the plant. The Hop tree can be planted in a container and will develop best with a slow-release fertilizer. If growing in cold areas, the pot should be kept indoors during the winter to protect the root system from extreme temperatures or heavy snow. Make sure to use good potting soil and water the plant regularly during the warmer months. For those living in dry climates, using a mixture of sphagnum moss and pine bark will help retain water. In order to encourage growth it should be pruned in the late winter to early spring while the plant is still dormant.
Although Ptelea trifoliata has many attractive qualities, it is also known for its medicinal uses in herbal medicine. Its root-bark is known for its anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antiseptic properties. The Hop tree fragrant blooms are a great addition to any garden, and its ethnomedical benefits only add to its value.