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Audubon Native Wafer Ash and native birds
Native Wafer Ash seed pods
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Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole
Hermit Thrush
Audubon Native Wafer Ash and native birds
Native Wafer Ash seed pods
Native Regions map for Wafer Ash
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole
Hermit Thrush

FEATURES:

  • May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 15-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Shade/Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Audubon® Native Wafer Ash Treeling

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FEATURES:

  • May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 15-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Shade/Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Why plant Audubon® Native Wafer Ash Treeling?

Common Hop Tree is your ticket to one of nature’s most spellbinding shows: the lifecycle of the giant swallowtail butterfly! This supersized beauty—the largest of our native North American butterflies—will take your breath away. It is fascinating at all stages of life. It starts out as a tiny orange egg laid on Hop Tree leaves. Then, as a caterpillar, you get a hint of how beautiful they will grow to be with their unique black and green tiger stripes! As a chrysalis, it looks just like a broken stick. As an adult, it transforms itself once more—this time into a gorgeous black and yellow butterfly with a wingspan of up to seven inches. Truly magical!

The Common Hop Tree has a wide but scattered natural range. This small, multi-stemmed understory tree is most abundant in the Midwest, but it is also native to the Mid-Atlantic states, the Southeast, parts of the Southwest, and Mexico. It is the hardiest member of the Citrus family in North America, and that’s why the giant swallowtail is so interested in it—she only lays her eggs on Citrus-family plants. In Florida and California, giant swallowtail caterpillars feed on commercial Citrus trees, and there, these beautiful creatures are considered pests! Citrus growers call them “orange dogs,” and spray for them.

How to use Audubon® Native Wafer Ash Treeling in the landscape?

Common Hop Tree gets its name from the fact that the wafer-like seeds were once used as a substitute for hops in beer-brewing. Its other common name is Wafer Ash. It is not an Ash Tree at all, but its leaves look a little like Ash leaves. On second thought, they look more like Poison Ivy, but “Poison Ivy Tree” does not have a nice ring to it!

Audubon® Native Plants & Trees

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

How To Plant Audubon® Native Wafer Ash Treeling

Common Hop Tree is a hardy, undemanding, trouble-free tree. In the wild, it typically grows in the understory, but it also grows well in full sun. You’ll want to water your tree regularly during the establishment period (the first year or two). After that, it will be quite drought tolerant and should be able to survive on what falls from the sky. Like most Citrus-family plants, Hop Tree has very aromatic foliage; as a result, deer tend not to browse it. Giant swallowtails don’t mind the flavor, however!

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care. We deliver your trees and plants directly to you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*For Big trees and Shrubs, Size XL and bigger: Review our Seasonal Shipping Timelines and Policy here.

Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations. Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.

Shipping Delays:

From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health. Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order. Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Customer Reviews

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Nikki Fabbri
Wafer Ash treeling

I received what looked like a twig. I quickly placed the twig in water as per the planting instructions. The little twig was planted and within a week it had little buds beginning to sprout! It continues to grow well in our 95 degree weather! If you are hesitant to order I suggest you give this little tree a chance!

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Shawn L
Received a “whip”, not a “treeling”

Big disappointment when this one arrived. Was looking forward to a treeling, similar to the Carolina Silverbell and American Fringe treelings I received from Bower & Branch last fall. Instead, got a stick that clearly had its central leader cut at the top. Total surprise. Upon researching, have learned this is called a “whip”, which is an economical way to grow and distribute fruit producing trees. As I was looking to use this tree in a naturalized setting, not produce fruit (which this tree doesn’t) this isn’t what I desired (illustration shows how this will grow in the future). Nor was it how this treeling is described by B&B.

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Nikki Fabbri
Wafer Ash treeling

I received what looked like a twig. I quickly placed the twig in water as per the planting instructions. The little twig was planted and within a week it had little buds beginning to sprout! It continues to grow well in our 95 degree weather! If you are hesitant to order I suggest you give this little tree a chance!

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Shawn L
Received a “whip”, not a “treeling”

Big disappointment when this one arrived. Was looking forward to a treeling, similar to the Carolina Silverbell and American Fringe treelings I received from Bower & Branch last fall. Instead, got a stick that clearly had its central leader cut at the top. Total surprise. Upon researching, have learned this is called a “whip”, which is an economical way to grow and distribute fruit producing trees. As I was looking to use this tree in a naturalized setting, not produce fruit (which this tree doesn’t) this isn’t what I desired (illustration shows how this will grow in the future). Nor was it how this treeling is described by B&B.