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HOP BUSH
Dodonaea viscosa

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Photo Locations: Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and San Diego, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Hopseed Bush is a commonly used shrub or small tree standard. Variety 'Atropurpurea' is the most colorful, with its reddish-purple foliage. It does best in full sun, in any soil, including poor and dry soils, with adequate moisture. It is also smog resistant. It may require regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain its height below 25'.

Native to Arizona and Hawaii.

Family: Sapindaceae

Additional Common Names

HOP BUSH, FLORIDA HOP BUSH

Tree Characteristics

Oval Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 10 - 15 feet.

Width: 10 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Lanceolate to Linear, Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Orange or Pink Winged Seed, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Dark Gray or Red Brown, Scaly.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 7 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry and Well Drained Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Moderate Inland.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Moderate Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Scales, Phytophthora and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Conflicting.

Attracts Birds.

Not Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Espalier or Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Dodonaea viscosa Tree Record." 1995-2018. Oct 15, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/dodonaea-viscosa >

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