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Plant Species of the genus Ptelea

Information about this genus
Name: Ptelea
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Species from southern USA and northern Mexico are a little tender. Otherwise, most are adaptable and easily grown in any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. In areas with hot summers, some shade from the afternoon sun is advisable. Propagate from seed, layers or grafts.
Description: Despite looking rather more like lilacs than oranges, and bearing sycamore-like seeds, the 11 deciduous shrubs or small trees in this North American genus are citrus relatives. This is only apparent in the aromatic oil glands of the foliage, which is usually trifoliate, with a dominant central leaflet flanked by a smaller one on each side. The leaves often become bright yellow in autumn. The small white to pale green flowers are scented and clustered together in conspicuous cymes. They appear first in spring or early summer, then sporadically afterwards. Small, 2-seeded, winged fruit, a little like hop seeds, follow.

Specie Vernacular Zone
baldwinii 6-10
trifoliata 5-10

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