Wedge Leaf Hop Bush
Dodonaea viscosa cuneata
(This plant is not on the Australian Noxious Weed List.)
This plant is a native of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland where it is considered a water miser. There are several other subspecies of this plant and where it cohabits an area you will find intergrades (natural hybrids where the populations gradually change form from one to the other subspecies).
An evergreen, compact shrub that grows to 3 metres (10ft) with a spread of 3 metres, it prefers medium well-drained soils in an open, sunny position. It is drought and frost resistant.
This shrub has an compact habit, yellowish-green, inconspicuous flowers and persistent green to red hops for which it is grown. The plant’s common name is derived from its seed pod structure and leaf shape.
The Maoris used the wood of this shrub to carve their weapons of war because it was so durable while the Australian Aborigine used the leaves as an analgesic, chewed to relieve the pain of toothache, chewed or pounded and then heated to make a poultice. Decoctions and maserations of the root where also used. In South Africa, an infusion of the leaves was applied externally to reduce fever and is also taken for stomach complaints. In Indian folk medicine, infusions and decoctions are still used and the Peruvians chew the leaves for their stimulant properties. Early Australian settlers used the seed pods as a substitute for hops in beer making.
The Dodonaea genus has a symbiotic (helpful) relationship with small birds, ants and fungi which assists in the survival of each other.
0ffered is 30 seeds with Grownotes to assist you succeed.
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