wafer-ash - Rutaceae Ptelea trifoliata

Foliage

wafer-ash Foliage

Bark

wafer-ash Bark

Bud

wafer-ash Bud

Twig

wafer-ash Twig

Fruit

wafer-ash Fruit

Form

wafer-ash Form

Taxonomy

FamilyRutaceae
GenusPtelea
Speciestrifoliata
Common Namewafer-ash
iTree CodePTTR

Plant Form

FormLarge shrub or small tree
Height0 feet
Spread0 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

FoliageLeaflets are 2.5 - 5" long ovate/elliptic-oblong, the lateral leaves are oblique at the base while the middle is not. The leaves are dark green on the upper side and glabrous on the underside. Oil glands can be seen on the underside if magnified.Leaf Type Information IconCompound - Pinnate
Needles0
BarkDark gray and mostly smooth with the exception of protuberances.
BudConical, sessile, under the petiole base, paired.Bud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
TwigReddish brown and glabrous, there is a large pith and horseshoe shaped leaf scars.
Flowergreenish/white unisex 1/3 - 1/2" diameter flowers in dense clusters
FruitIndehiscent samara, brown in color, 2 sided and broadly winged.
Fall Color

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3aMin-99.0SoilModerate
Max9aMax-99.0SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
TolerantModerateUnknown

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Mexico