The Hop tree it grows as a small tree or tall shrub, usually about 5-6 m tall, with a spreading habit. Leaves are trifoliate, shiny, and turn yellow in the fall; flowers are rather insignificant but rich in nectar and attract pollinators. It is also larval host plant for Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Giant Swallowtail!
The fruits have been used in beers as a hop substitute; they are circular samaras arranged in clusters, long lasting and ornamental. The bark was employed by Native Americans for seasoning and as herbal medicine.
Germination: sown outdoors in late fall or in the spring after 2-3 months of cold-moist stratification.