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Hopseed Bush, Hop Bush, Akeake
Scientific Name: Dodonaea viscosa (L.) Jacq.
Synonym: Dodonaea microcarya, Dodonaea stenoptera, Dodonaea spathulata, Dodonaea sandwicensis, Ptelea viscosa, Dodonaea eriocarpa, Dodonaea ehrenbergii, Dodonaea ehrenbergii, Dodonaea jamaicensis
Family: Sapindaceae
Hopseed Bush, Hop Bush, Akeake (Dodonaea  viscosa)
Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 7-10, 12-24
USDA: 9-12

Frost Tolerance: The green form is hardy to 15 F (-9C), the red form to 26 F (-3C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun, the red form doesn't turn fully red in the shade.

Origin: Australia, NewZealand, tropical regions around the world

Growth Habits: Evergreen bush or small tree, short-lived, fast growing up to 12 to 15 feet tall and wide (3.6-4.5 m); alternate, linear, glossy leaves, 2 to 5 inches long (5-12 cm), 0.25 to 0.8 inch wide (1.2-2 cm), with lighter colored undersides

Watering Needs: Little to abundant water when established, needs good drainage

Propagation: Seeds in spring, cuttings in summer

The green form is more cold resistant than the red one. The red one is greenish-red in summer and turns red in the fall.

Hop Bush (Dodonaea viscosa), U.S.D.A. Drawing, courtesy Hunt Institute

Hopseed Bush, Hop Bush, Akeake (Dodonaea  viscosa)

Blooming Habits:
The greenish-yellow flowers of the hop bus are insignificant. Male and female flowers are generally on different trees.

Fruiting Habits:
Pendant 3-sided pod 0.5 to 1 inch long (12-25 mm), with 3 or 4 papery wings, containing 3 seeds, in late summer. The fruits have been used as a substitute for hops.

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