Dodonaea viscosa

varnish leaf, Florida hopbush


wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1-15 (25) ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color   flower color      white,yellow,green
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color   fruit color      yellow,red,green
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy fruits, hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Often used as a hedge plant. Fast growing. Can also work as an individual specimen. A good choice for dune stabilization.
Propagation: Seed, cuttings, layering. Fast growing
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


wildlife plant  
Attracts pollinators. Dense foliage can be good bird nesting habitat.
Native Habitats: Dry sites near the coast. Hammocks and pinelands.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


This pan-tropical tree has been used for a variety of medicinal uses, typically as an extract or tea. The list varies from skin rashes, to sore throats, to stomach ailments, to a variety of serious diseases.

Other Comments:

Has shiny, stiff leaves 2.5 to 5 inches long.