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Florida Hopbush (Viscosa)

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The Florida Hopbush (Viscosa) is generally described as a perennial tree or shrub. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer and fall . The greatest bloom is usually observed in the late spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until summer. Leaves are retained year to year. The Florida Hopbush (Viscosa) has a moderate life span relative to most other plant species and a rapid growth rate. At maturity, the typical Florida Hopbush (Viscosa) will reach up to 15 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 15 feet.

The Florida Hopbush (Viscosa) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by bare root, container, cuttings, seed. It has a slow ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 18°F. has high tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Rapid
General Type Tree, Shrub
Growth Period Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Moderate
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Late Spring
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Multiple Stem
Drought Tolerance High
Shade Tolerance Intermediate
Height When Mature 15
Vegetative Spread None
Flower Color White
Flower Conspicuousness No
Fruit/Seed Abundance Medium
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Summer Summer
Seed Spread Rate Slow
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Container, Cuttings, Seed
Moisture Requirements Low
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 18
Soil Depth for Roots 18
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability Yes
Responds to Coppicing Yes
Growth Requirements
pH Range 6.5–9.2 pH
Precipitation Range 8–8 inches/yr
Planting Density 300–1200 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 18
Minimum Frost-Free Days 310 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance Medium
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention Yes
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA

Plant Name Synonyms
  • Dodonaea ehrenbergii
  • Dodonaea elaeagnoides
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. amphioxea
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. confertior
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. costulata
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. degeneri
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. forbesii
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. hillebrandii
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. hosakana
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. lanaiensis
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. molokaiensis
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. oblonga
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. obtusior
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. pallida
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. sherffii
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. skottsbergii
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. vaccinioides
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. varians
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. waimeana
  • Dodonaea jamaicensis
  • Dodonaea microcarya
  • Dodonaea sandwicensis
  • Dodonaea sandwicensis var. latifolia
  • Dodonaea sandwicensis var. simulans
  • Dodonaea spathulata
  • Dodonaea stenoptera
  • Dodonaea stenoptera var. fauriei
  • Dodonaea thunbergiana
  • Dodonaea viscosa var. angustifolia
  • Dodonaea viscosa var. arborescens
  • Dodonaea viscosa var. linearis
  • Dodonaea viscosa var. spathulata
  • Ptelea viscosa
  • Dodonaea eriocarpa var. glabrescens
Plant Distribution
can be found in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, PR, VI