This large shrub is tough enough to withstand arid sites and be used as a screen or windbreak. The flowers are inconspicuous but the papery seed pods are ornamental and resemble hops, hence the common name. Provides nesting places for birds and gives shelter to other wildlife.
Great cover for native birds and animals
Perfect for grouping to provide a wind screen
Great for erosion mitigation
Seed pods are colorful and make a pleasing sound
Extremely drought tolerant
Easy to grow and maintain
Northern Sonoran desert above 2000 ft.
Hopseed Bush has a wide range that includes subtropical areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia. The wood is used for tools and a red dye is made from the fruits. Native people used the leaves externally to heal wounds and insect bites.
The hop bush has an excellent, natural shape and seldom requires pruning. Only prune hop bush to reduce its size or to remove dead or damaged foliage in the spring. Water deeply once a month in the summer, and rely on rainfall in the winter.