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DODONAEA viscosa

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Forest & Kim Starr

Family

Sapindaceae

Botanical Name

DODONAEA viscosa

Plant Common Name

Hopbush, Hopseed Bush

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    12 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m

  • Width

    3'-10' / 0.9m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    World/Pandemic

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Purple, Yellow Green, Pink, Burgundy, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Lime Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Lime Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Lime Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Lime Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No