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Characteristics: Shrub 3 m spread 3 m
Seeds per packet: 20
A meduim sized shrub with narrow bronzy green 10 cm long leaves turn purple with cooler weather. Inconspicuous yellowish green flowers in clusters in spring followed by green hops in summer.
The attractive colours of this plant make this ideal for use as a specimen or as an informal hedge or screen.
Native to New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and New Zealand. Attractive colours make this ideal for use as a specimen or as an informal hedge or screen.
Prefers a well-drained soil an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
Dodonaea seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water. To assist in the uptake of moisture for germination to occur seed best scarified by pre-treating with hot water first.
Hot water treatment is recommended for this species.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.