plant catalogue

provincial plants + landscapes

plant type

  • native trees and shrubs

water      hardiness

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frost tolerant
hedges, screens and windbreaks
small plants for small gardens
verge planting

project type

urban and commercial

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
good drainage

Dodonea viscosa purpurea

purple hopbush

An erect, fast growing shrub occassionally growing as tall as 5m. Attractive purple-red leaves and winged seed capsules on the female plants are a feature of this species.
cultural notesHardy and fast growing. Prefers well drained soils in an open, sunny position.
maintenanceCan be tip pruned to maintain bushy growth. Can be susceptible to scale.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant. Suitable for tropical conditions.
flowering seasonInconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by conspicuous fruits in summer.
flower colourThe flowers are inconspicous. Fruit are attractive red winged seed capsules.
foliage colourPurple-red leaves with a course texture. Oval in shape, generally broader at the tip than the stem.
widthup to 3m
heightup to 5m
plant spacing150cm apart
recommended usesAttractive and hardy shrub useful for screening and hedges or as a container plant. Purple foliage provides good contrast among other plants.

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