Dodonaea viscosa “Hopbush”

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Dodonaea viscosa, commonly known as hopbush, is a versatile evergreen shrub or small tree native to a wide range of regions including Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

Description

Dodonaea viscosa, commonly known as hopbush, is a versatile evergreen shrub or small tree native to a wide range of regions including Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. It belongs to the family Sapindaceae. Hopbush is valued for its ornamental foliage, drought tolerance, and adaptability to various soil types and growing conditions.

Here are some key features and care tips for Dodonaea viscosa:

  1. Appearance: Hopbush typically grows as a dense, rounded shrub or small tree, reaching heights of 6 to 20 feet (2 to 6 meters) tall, depending on the variety and growing conditions. It has narrow, lance-shaped leaves that are typically green or reddish-green, though some cultivars may have variegated foliage. The leaves may turn bronze or reddish in color during periods of drought or cold.
  2. Flowers and Fruits: Hopbush produces inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers in spring or early summer, followed by small, papery seed capsules that resemble hops, hence the common name “hopbush.” These capsules may turn pink, red, or brown as they mature.
  3. Light Requirements: Hopbush thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers a sunny location but can tolerate some shade, especially in hot climates. Adequate sunlight helps promote dense foliage and flowering.
  4. Watering: Once established, hopbush is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. Water newly planted specimens regularly until they become established. Afterward, water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.
  5. Soil: Hopbush grows well in a wide range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils, as long as they are well-draining. It is tolerant of poor soil fertility and alkaline soils but prefers slightly acidic to neutral pH levels.
  6. Fertilization: Hopbush generally does not require regular fertilization, especially if grown in nutrient-rich soil. However, you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring to promote healthy growth and flowering.
  7. Pruning: Prune hopbush as needed to maintain its shape and size. Remove any dead, damaged, or overgrown branches. You can also prune to promote denser growth or to shape the plant as desired. Pruning is best done in late winter or early spring before new growth emerges.
  8. Propagation: Hopbush can be propagated from seeds, stem cuttings, or semi-hardwood cuttings. Seeds should be scarified or soaked in water before sowing to improve germination rates. Stem cuttings can be taken in spring or summer and rooted in well-draining potting mix.
  9. Pests and Diseases: Hopbush is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, it may occasionally be affected by scale insects, aphids, or fungal infections. Monitor plants regularly for signs of pests or disease and treat infestations promptly.

Hopbush is a versatile and low-maintenance plant that adds year-round interest to gardens, landscapes, and native plantings. With its attractive foliage, drought tolerance, and ease of care, it’s a valuable addition to any garden.

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Additional information

Size of plant

20-30cm

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