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Hagstrom, John

Ptelea trifoliata L. (wafer-ash), growth habit, tree form


Identifier
3.78662
Format
digital color photograph 
Digitization Status
Born digital
Type
Photographic image
Date created
2005 – 2012
Description
Ptelea trifoliata L. (wafer-ash), habit is a large shrub-like tree (15-20' high and wide) rounded nature low-branched with a tendency to sucker, leaves are alternate trifoliate, leaflets are ovate to elliptic-oblong 2.5-5.0" long narrowed at ends sometimes acuminate middle largest with a short petiole and the lateral ones oblique at the base smaller entire or obscurely crenulate sessile lustrous dark green above and glabrous below, petiole is 2-4" long, flowers are tiny white in terminal clusters (cymes)  appearing in late spring but are not particularly showy, fruits are indehiscent samaras that are compressed broadly winged suborbicular 2-sided 0.6-1.0" diameter brownish at maturity rather conspicuous effective Aug. to Sept. persisting into winter