Green hopseed is valued for dense, deep green foliage, and tropical texture. Little to no pruning is needed for green hopseed to maintain its form. May be trained into a small tree or sheared if a more manicured effect is desired. A great choice for hedges or screens, and as a foundation, background, or specimen plant. ‘Emerald Ice’ survives temperatures at least 10 degrees cooler than other hopseed without freezing. Introduced by Civano Nursery in Tuscon Arizona.
Showy seedpods attract a variety of desert birds
Requires little to no pruning to maintain interesting form
More cold hardy than the species
A tidy shrub for pool sides and patios
Low maintenance, and low water needs
Generally occurring in open habitats, including open woodland, on well-drained soil in tropical and subtropical climates.
Discovered after the hard freeze that hit Tucson in 2011, this uniformly rounded shrub survives temperatures down to 5° F with minimal damage once it’s established. Since it survives temperatures at least 10 degrees cooler than other hopseed bushes without freezing, ‘Emerald Ice’ makes an even better hedge or privacy screen.