Jun. 4, 2018

wafer ash, Ptelea trifoliata

Yesterday's backlit image of wingstem enhanced its beauty, and left us to wonder why it isn't a more popular wildflower. Today's image has a greater challenge. Wafer ash's small yellow-green flowers don't offer as much to work with. They leave one to wonder why this small tree is so popular. I've never seen wingstem in a garden. Wafer ash is another story. I've seen it twice in the last week alone. Why do people plant this instead of, for instance, a dogwood? Wafer ash is native to AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ(E), NM, NY(E), OH, OK, PA(T), RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, ON(T), and QC. Also in Mexico. Washtenaw Co MI, 6/6/15.