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Dodonaea Viscosa, Hopbush - 0.5 Kg Seeds

Dodonaea viscosa is a species of flowering plant in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae. Hop Bush is a shrub.
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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 nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Hop Bush, HopseedYellow to orange-redJuly to August1 to 3 mEasy 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

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full Sun to Partial ShadeWell-drained soil Medium20 to 40 degrees CApply 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.

References

  • http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/carr/sapind.htm
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/risearch/search.php?query=Sapindaceae&stpos=0&stype=AND
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Hop%20Bush.html

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