Purple Hopseed Bush
Purple Hopseed Bush
Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'Item #3165 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
A great show of color with bronze-green foliage that turns deep purple-red in fall. Pinkish fruit brightens the plant in summer. Dense branches can be trimmed as hedge or espalier; left unpruned, it makes a superb evergreen screen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing; reaches 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:do-don-EE-a vis-KO-saPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.Special features:Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Fast Growing, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:BronzeBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Flower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.