Hop-tree Ptelea trifoliata
Family: Rutaceae (Cirtrus)
Branching: Alternate
Other names: Stinking-ash, Wafer-ash

This small tree is rare in Canada and can only be found in a few locations.  Its buds and leaf scars are very distinctive, as are its fruits when seen.  

Winter twig of Hop-tree

Winter twig, and "end bud"

Winter twig of Hop-tree

Buds are small, white and hairy, and almost encircled by the leaf scar

The fruit of Hop-tree and reason for the common name of "Wafer-ash"

A closer view of one fruit

Hop-tree bark

Another view of the bark

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