• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:do-don-EE-a vis-KO-sa
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Bronze
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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.
    Companion PlantsRose (Rosa); Passion Vine (Passiflora); Carpet Bugle (Ajuga); Lantana (Lantana); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide a site with well-drained soil. Best foliage in full sun. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a neat appearance, prune 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 & Lore
    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.

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