How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Dodonaea, Hopbush, Hopseed tree—Dodonaea viscosa
Family Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)

Plant Identification

Dodonaea viscosa is a fast-growing evergreen shrub that grows up to 15 feet tall. Shrubs can be trained to grow as trees by cutting out all stems but one. Leaves are willowlike and flowers are inconspicuous. In summer, red, pink, green, or yellow seedpods are formed and are long lasting.

Optimum conditions for growth

Dodonaea viscosa prefers warmer areas and does well in areas with full sun or light shade. Plants do well in flowerbeds. They can be pruned into a hedge or unpruned and left as a screen. Plants tolerate any soil, ocean wind, and dry heat.

Purple hopseed bush fruit and foliage
Leaves and pink fruit of purple hopseed bush

Pests and disorders of Dodonaea viscosa



Environmental disorders



Foliage and green fruit of purple hopseed bush
Leaves and green fruit of purple hopseed bush

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