The hoptree is named for the smell of its seeds and leaves. Have you ever drank a beer that's rich in hops like a pale ale? Well, that's exactly what you would smell if you crushed its leaves and seeds. This tree is very well hidden in the Yard, behind Canady Hall and along the fence east of the Science Center viaduct. One would have to be very deliberate in looking for this tree. In fact, trying to find this tree in the wild would be an interesting experience also. It had a very wide, eccentric range. It is native to most of eastern North America, but curiously, one can find it in the Southwest. I was amazed to see it this past summer while hiking near the rim of the Grand Canyon.
Virginia Tech Dendrology info - Hoptree
Created by Ryan Lynch
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Last updated May 2, 2007