Questions about native trees (zone 6b)

canishel(z7 TN)

Does Styrax americanus need as much sun as Halesia spp.? I have an area that stays moist but it is shaded, surrounded by hickory and black walnut trees. I planted a silverbell that grew, but it leaned towards an open area, so I moved it. I'd like to plant "something" in that location.

Next question: Is there any reason NOT to plant a hoptree? I have an open area (full sun) that can fit it. Also, is there any reason NOT to plant an Allegheny chinquapin?

Thanks for any advice.

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NHBabs z4b-5a NH

What tree is a hoptree - do you know the scientific name?

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WoodsTea 6a MO(6a)

I'd imagine it's Ptelea trifoliata, a.k.a. wafer ash. It's a host plant for the giant swallowtail. I've looked at this a number of times but just don't have the space for it in my yard. The main reason I can think of not to plant it is that it's not particularly ornamental. It's the sort of irregular, shrubby tree that grows at the edge of the woods.

You might consider asking about it on the Butterfly Garden forum, or just doing a search there.

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NHBabs z4b-5a NH

Thanks, WoodsTea. I have hop hornbeam, Ostrya virginiana, but don't know anything about Ptelea.

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canishel(z7 TN)

Yes, it's Ptelea trifoliata. I didn't think to write it. I'm going to try it at the edge of the woods.

Thanks for your help.

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