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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.

DODONEA viscosa 'Purpurea'

Commonly known as Hop bush

Oblong crinkled leaves with a purplish appearance
Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - leaves with irregular, wavy margins. 7-13cm (3-5in) long.
  • Height - 1-5m (3-16ft)
  • Spread - 1-3m (3-10ft)
  • Tall Shrub - vigorous, erect to spreading shrub or small tree. Produces 2- or 3-winged pink to reddish-brown, light brown, purple or yellow capsules 2-2.5cm (¾-1in) across.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - pinch out tips of young shoots to encourage bushy growth. A plant for the cool greenhouse over winter.
  • Pests & Diseases - red spider mites in greenhouse conditions.
  • Place of origin - Australia - and coastal regions in tropics and sub tropics worldwide.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Coastal / windswept -
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Leaf Colour (if not green) - Purple -
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Elliptic - see photos above
  • Obovate
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
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  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
  • Tree Shape - Broadly columnar -
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Dodonea - Growing Guide
1-5m (3-16ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1-3m (3-10ft)
 

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