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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Dodonaea viscosa (L.) Jacq.
Florida hopbush, Hopseed bush, Switch sorrel, Varnish leaf, Hopbush, Chapoliztle, Casol
USDA Symbol: DOVI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A tropical shrub or small tree, of variable shape and form, usually growing to 12 ft. high. Attractive three-winged fruits, splashed with red or purple, are preceded by axillary clusters of small, pale-yellow to reddish flowers. Lance-shaped, evergreen leaves are 2 1/2-5 in. long and shiny.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AZ , FL , HI Native Distribution:
S. AZ; s. FL Native Habitat:
Dry, rocky slopes & canyons; grassy savannas; coastal hammocks USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(I), PR(N), VI(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Rocky soils, often on limestone.
Conditions Comments: Very tolerant of salt spray and withstands strong winds.
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Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff