Common Hoptree - Ptelea trifoliata
Common Hoptree has a wide latitudinal range, growing from southern Canada to central Mexico. It grows near the Southeast coast and the Great Lakes alike. The common name is derived from the use in the past of the seeds for beer-making. It is a small, slow-growing tree with 3-parted leaves that may reach 11 inches in length and are bright green above and aromatic. The tree (or shrub) is of ornamental use, but the bark is odiferous as are the flowers - these are pollinated by carrion flies. The fruits are elongated and have a yellow skin and juicy pulp.