Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'

Purple hop bush

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Key information

Flower colour

Light green


Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Pernilla Bergdahl, copyright GAP Photos (212892)

Plant details

This bushy shrub is grown for its copper-flushed purple, shiny leaves, which are most intense in winter, as well as its attractive seed capsules which appear in late summer to autumn. In its native New Zealand, it is often used as hedging in coastal situations, as it is tolerant of windy conditions. In this country it should be grown either outside in a sheltered, sunny, frost-free site, or in a pot which can be moved indoors over winter.

Family: Sapindaceae

Genus: Dodonaea

Species: viscosa

Cultivar: Purpurea

Flower colour: Light green

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: August to September

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