hopbush Sapindaceae Dodonaea
viscosa (L.) Jacq.
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, spatulate, obovoate, or lanceolate in shape with a tapered base, 1 to 4 inches long, 3/4 inch wide, entire or somewhat revolute, dark glossy green with a sticky resinous coating on both surfaces.
Flower: Species is dioecious; small and not showy, yellow-green, lacking petals, 1/4 inch, blooming spring and fall.
Fruit: Green then showy pink-red, aging to tan, initially quite fleshy and becoming papery, generally spherical with 3 or 4 distinctive wings, 1/2 inch long.
Twig: Slender, gray-brown, angled, covered in thin pubescence, buds are conical, 1/8 to 1/4 inch.
Bark: Coarsely ridged and furrowed, gray-brown, becoming darker and coarsely scaly with age.
Form: A twisted shrub or small tree to 15 feet, with equal spread.
Looks like: four-wing saltbush
| Additional Range Information:
Dodonaea viscosa is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting hopbush.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson