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Forest & Kim Starr
Hopbush, Hopseed Bush
Native throughout much of the tropics, this large broadleaf evergreen shrub thrives just about anywhere that winters are mild. Willowy, firm, yellow-green leaves are densely borne on upright spreading stems, often standing erect on the branches. Inconspicuous blooms in late spring and summer give rise to large colorful seed capsules which may be red, purple, pink, tan, yellow, or green. They dry to a papery texture. The cultivar 'Purpurea' has bronze or burgundy foliage.
This tough shrub does well in sun or partial shade and almost any well drained soil. It tolerates salt spray and drought. Although it requires minimal water, regular irrigation assures faster growth and lusher foliage. No pruning is necessary except for the removal of the occasional wayward stem. This plant can also be shaped into a small tree. It has been extensively used over the past few decades as a fine-textured screening and background plant. In colder climates it can be grown as a container plant.
12 - 5
12 - 15
H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m
3'-10' / 0.9m - 3.0m
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Purple, Yellow Green, Pink, Burgundy, Tan
Lime Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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