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Purple Hopseed Bush

Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'

Pronunciation: doh-don-EE-uh viss-KOH-suh
SKU #03165

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Description 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.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Fast growing; reaches 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Habit Upright
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Border, Espalier, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Windbreak
Design Ideas As 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.
Foliage Color Bronze
Companion Plants Rose (Rosa); Passion Vine (Passiflora); Carpet Bugle (Ajuga); Lantana (Lantana); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
Care 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.

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