Characteristics: Prolific hop-like fruits gives this tough, medium-sized tree its name. Graceful and small with many horizontal branches usually forming a rounded outline.
Growing Conditions: Prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils of rich or average composition. However, it adapts quite readily to wet or dry, poor, alkaline soils with a slightly reduced growth rate (which is slow to begin with).
Uses: Attractive small to medium shade tree.
Flowers: Male flowers are catkins, Female flowers are also catkins, but slender and light green.
Leaves: Oval leaves have a doubly serrated edge. Dark green in the summer and changing to yellow in the fall.
Bark: Bark has a shreddy appearance with paper thin pieces that are easily broken off.
Planting Strip Width: 4-5.5' w/o power lines
Yellow to orange / bronze fall color and beautiful winter bark on mature trees. Its wood is very resilient and is valued for making tool handles and fence posts.