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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 4, 2010 1:59 PM CST
It's a small tree, often understory, with 3 leaflets on each leaf, small yellow-green flowers, fragrant, seeds are in roundish, flat, paperlike wings, in clusters or individually. Host plant to the Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail (the local favorite host plant in my area), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and the Giant Swallowtail. I might add that locally, the ETS prefers black cherry or Texas Ash trees.

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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Jul 16, 2011 12:08 PM CST
Linda, my hop tree from you is thriving dispite my breaking it shortly after planting. I also have a E. Black Cherry but it's very small. One day I may see some caterpillars though. I get frequent visits from TSTs; male, female, even dark form.

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jul 16, 2011 1:30 PM CST
Glad it's doing well, Sheila! Not seeing much butterfly activity lately...they're mostly gone. But last week I saw this Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail nectaring as if it could never get enough! I have one GF chrysallis that I hope will emerge shortly...they are very scarce this summer.

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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Jul 16, 2011 2:39 PM CST
The two tailed is beautiful. I haven't had those here.

Yes the frits overwinter so much and I think our freezes took them out. They are so prolific though and where there are some they will rebound hopefully.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jul 16, 2011 3:33 PM CST
Hey Girl, I like your picture, which kind of butterfly are you?
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Jul 17, 2011 11:23 AM CST
A very hot one today!! LOL!
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
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fiwit
Aug 18, 2011 5:11 AM CST
Is that Petelea Trifoliata? If so, i've got one growing in my front yard -- it's been there about a year now, surviving last year's ridiculously hot summer and our crazy winter. The folks at my semi-local native nursery recommended it to me.
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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Aug 18, 2011 10:52 PM CST
Yes Mary it is still very small though. It is one of the host plants that theTiger ST (in your picture)uses.
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fiwit
Aug 19, 2011 5:13 AM CST
Thanks, Sheila -

I call that little guy "the GA butterfly" cause it's our state butterfly. So much easier for me to remember than "Eastern Tiger Swallowtail" when I was first taking their pics. I forget why my nursery recommended Hoppy to me, other than it being a native that they thought would do well in my yard, and what I call the "unusual factor," but he's thriving, I think. Can't say he's grown much since planting him a year or so ago, but he's still alive, and in my world, that equals thriving. Hilarious!

And yes, I call him "Hoppy" -- it's easier to talk to my plants if they have names. Big Grin
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Aug 19, 2011 7:52 AM CST
All butterflies that use it as a host plant are big and beautiful.
A Giant Swallowtail:

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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Aug 19, 2011 2:46 PM CST
I lost a big 4 year old Rue plant this year, due to the heat, maybe the GST will start using the hop tree as it gets larger.

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