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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 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

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
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.

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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