|The Hop Bush is a member of the soapberry
family. It is an evergreen shrub which typically
to 5 - 7 feet in height. It prefers dry, acidic soils and grows at
elevations from 2000 to 5000 feet. The leaves are narrow and typically
4" in length.
The fruit of the Hop Bush has
been used as a substitute for hops in the brewing of beer.
The plant is able to bloom much of the year and
produce inconspicuous clusters of small, greenish flowers, which are
followed by winged fruits which resemble hops. The leaves are toxic and
not browsed by herbivores. The Hop Bush is drought tolerant and easy to
grow; it is often used as a landscape plant.