Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'

Dodonaea viscosa ‘Purpurea’

Purple hop bush

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

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Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'
  • Common name: Purple hop bush
  • Family: Sapindaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Purple

Hop bush, Dodonaea viscosa, is found throughout the world, including tropical and temperate regions of Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia. It’s hugely variable, but typically grow as a shrub or small tree, with evergreen, oval leaves and clusters of green-pink summer flowers not unlike hops. In Australia, its flowers were used to make beer by European settlers.

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Purple hop bush, Dodonaea viscosa ‘Purpurea’, is a highly ornaments variety with gorgeous purple foliage and red-green flowers. Not fully hardy, grow it in a sunny, sheltered spot, such as against a south- or west-facing wall. It’s well suited to coastal regions and is also suitable for growing in pots, which can be moved under glass in autumn.

How to grow Dodonaea 'Purpurea'

  • Plant size

    2.5m height

    2.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Half hardy, tender
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Dodonaea 'Purpurea' and wildlife

Dodonaea 'Purpurea' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Dodonaea 'Purpurea' poisonous?

Dodonaea 'Purpurea' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People