Hopseed Bush

Dodonaea viscosa

Native shrub that can be used in place of Oleander for a privacy screen. D. viscose v. purpurea has leaves that turn purple in fall and winter. Small, yellowish-green flowers are followed by winged, green, papery fruits that resemble a hop.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: In Arizona, hopseed bush is found above 2,000 feet in upland Sonoran Desert to scrub transition zones. Naturalized in regions worldwide.
Family: Sapindaceae
Size: 6′ wide x 10′ tall with regular irrigation
Sun: Full to part sun
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Soil: Tolerant, but no chronically wet soil
Temperature: Hardy to 15 F
Disease and Pests: Texas root rot in poorly drained soils
Uses: Larval food for the Cinta’s silkmoth (Rothschildia cincta) and Slug caterpillar moths (Limacodids)
Notes: Flowers on this plant are dioecious, meaning that a given plant will only sprout male or female flowers, but not both


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