Hoptree is a
member of the Rue Family. It appears as a shrub or small tree and
grows to 20 feet
height. Leaves are dark green with 3 ovoid leaflets to 3 inches in
length. The trunk of the tree
grows to 8 inches in diameter and has smooth, brownish-gray bark. The
tree typically grows in canyons, pinyon-juniper woodlands and ponderosa
pine forests at elevations between 3500 - 8500 feet.
The Hoptree has a disagreeable
odor. Some individuals are susceptible to contact dermatitis
(similar to poison ivy) from the plant..
Hoptree blooms between May - June and produces white
to yellowish green flowers with 4 petals to 0.5 inches in width.
Flowers are followed by a winged, hoplike fruit to 0.5 inches in