Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast grower to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Hedge Plant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Inconspicuous
Botanical Pronunciation:do-don-EE-a vis-KO-sa per-PU-re-a
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast grower to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Bronze
Blooms:Inconspicuous
Design IdeasAs a background plant, this Hopseed Bush's bronze foliage will create a soft framework for more vivid flowers. Useful as a tightly spaced hedge in very hot climates for shelter from desert winds. Avoid planting this flammable shrub in high-fire hazard zones or near barbecues. Also, the papery seedpods will litter swimming pools.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
This shrub is grouped into the soapberry family, the Sapindaceae, which contains about 150 genera spread around the world. This genus was classified by Linnaeus and confirmed by the Austrian, Nicolaus Jacquin, 1727-1817. It contains about 50 species of shrubs and small trees native to tropics around the world, but most notably in Australia. This species is highly variable because it is found over an immense range from Arizona to South America and in parts of the South Pacific. It produces many varieties with unique characteristics. This variety, 'Purpurea' is by far the best known and most widely cultivated. It is native to New Zealand.