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Purple Hopseed Bush

Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'

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.
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Full sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationdoh-don-EE-uh viss-KOH-suh
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Foliage ColorBronze
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Espalier, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Windbreak, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsRose (Rosa); Passion Vine (Passiflora); Carpet Bugle (Ajuga); Lantana (Lantana); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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