Purple Hopseed Bush
Dodonea viscosa 'Purpurea'
Lifespan: Evergreen perennial
Origin: SW United States, Northern Mexico
Height/width: 12-16ft tall. 8-12' wide.
Culture: Full sun to part-sun. Prefers well-drained soil. Can handle many types of soil, including clay and poor soil. Regular to little water. Can handle smog and salt air. Hardy to 15°F. Drought, cold, heat and wind tolerant.
Description: Fast growing, hardy shrub/ small tree. Rough, red-green leaves. (Purple leaves occur during cooler weather, coupled with full sun.) Reddish-violet flowers, pink/purple fruit. Red dye made from fruit. Durable wood used to make tools. Medicinal herb. Self-seeds. Hedge, informal and formal screen, windbreak. Accent, background plant.
Flowering time: March and April