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Products > Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'
 
Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' - Purple-leafed Hop-bush
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Sapindaceae (Soapberries)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 12-16 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' (Purple-leafed Hop-bush) - This rapid growing, evergreen shrub reaches 12 to 16 feet tall and about as wide - more upright when young - spreading out with age. Narrow bronzy-green 4 inch long leaves turn purple with cooler weather. Tolerates some shade but color is better if grown in full sun. Tiny green flowers in clusters mid-summer followed by brown maple-like seed capsules in late summer. Provide a well-draining soil, drought tolerant once established but looks best with occasional deep water. Ideal for use as a specimen or as an informal hedge or screen. Prune for structure in fall and winter. Tolerates shearing during the growing season. This plant has a very wide distribution - it is considered native throughout the southwest US and northern Mexico but varieties and subspecies are found throughout the tropics and sub-tropics . We have listed this plant as cold hardy to about 10-15 F but were recently notified of a young planting that succumbed after temperatures reached 16 F in Los Alamos, California during the January 2007 freeze.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' .