Description for Dodonaea Viscosa, Hopbush
Sapindaceae, also known as the soapberry family, is a family of flowering plants in the order Sapindales. There are about 140 to 150 genera with 1400 to 2000 species, including maple, ackee, horse chestnut, and lychee.
Hop Bush is a shrub growing to 1-3 m tall, rarely a small tree to 10 m tall. It is commonly called hop bush because the colorful fruits resemble the fruits used in brewing. The leaves are simple elliptical, 6-13 cm long and 2-4 cm broad, and secrete a resinous substance.
The flowers are yellow to orange-red, produced in short racemes. The fruit is a capsule 2 cm broad, red ripening brown, with three wings. The wood is extremely tough and durable.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Hop Bush, Hopseed||Yellow to orange-red||July to August||1 to 3 m||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
The Sapindaceae are mostly trees and shrubs, and tendril-bearing vines comprising about 140 genera and 1,500 species. The leaves are alternate, simple, or more commonly pinnately compound; stipules are absent except in the climbing forms. The flowers are small, actinomorphic or zygomorphic, and commonly functionally unisexual,
Although a given individual may bear seemingly bisexual flowers together with either male or female flowers. The perianth typically is biseriate, consisting of calyx and corolla
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||Well-drained soil||Medium||20 to 40 degrees C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Dodonaea Viscosa
- Notched Leaf Soapnut is a medium to large size deciduous tree growing up to 18 m tall, with a 1.5 m trunk girth. A bark is gray, shiny, covered with rough falling scales.
Typical uses of Dodonaea Viscosa
Special features: A few bisexual, both found in the same rusty-velvety panicles. Bisexual flowers provide ample pollen and nectar to bees.
Culinary use: NA
Medicinal use: Fruits possess several medicinal properties and are widely used for example in the treatment of asthma, colic and dysentery, and during childbirth.