Purple Hopseed Bush
Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11
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