One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American shrub or small tree of the rue family, with bitter fruit that was formerly used in brewing as a substitute for hops.
Ptelea trifoliata, family Rutaceae
- ‘The name hop tree originates from the use of the fruits as a substitute for hops in brewing.’
- ‘Recently there has been some evidence that hop trees could have medicinal value and may even show promise in the treatment for cancer.’
- ‘Another shrub with three leaflets like the hop tree is the bladder nut.’
- ‘We passed hop trees and Indian plums on the first pathway before it twisted downward into a valley.’
- ‘I've had a few Giant Swallowtails laying eggs on my hop trees in the butterfly garden.’
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