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DODONAEA viscosa ssp cuneata - Native Hops

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SKU Code: N 232


$4.00

Family: Sapindaceae
Sub-family: Dodonaeoideae
Characteristics: Shrub 3 m spread 3 m

Seed per packet: Approx. 40
Seed per gram: Approx. 220

Attractive shrub with narrow green leaves to 3 metres depending on the location and the conditions. Inconspicuous yellowish-green flowers in clusters in spring are followed by claret coloured fruits in summer making a wonderful contrast against the green leaves.

This subspecies is widespread in inland districts and is found in mallee scrub and open forests.
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 well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistance.
Grow notes:

Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, 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 is best scarified by pre-treating with hot water first.

Hot water treatment is recommended for this species.

  1. Place the seed in a container and pour in just-boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The swollen seed can then be sown, and re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow seed 2-3mm deep. Do not bury the seed too deeply.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, and avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 18-22°C

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.

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