Friday, April 22, 2011

April 22 - The Hoptree - Ptelea trifolia


This is a native Southern Appalachian small tree.  It may grow up to 25 feet tall.  It has a slender trunk and an open crown.  

Ptelea trifoflia - Hoptree
Ptelea trifoflia - Hoptree
Ptelea trifoflia - Hoptree
This sunlit very-much-alive Hoptree lives at the Asheville Botanical Gardens.  www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org

The swallowtail butterfly is attracted to the fragrant nectar of this tree.  I hear there is a lemon scent in the air when the flowers come out in April.

Rebecca

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