Dodonaea viscosa subsp. cuneata

Family Sapindaceae

Sticky Hopbush

Compact spreading shrub to 3 m high, with simple leaves 1–3 cm long. Juvenile period 4 - 5 years. Longevity 20 - 30 years.

Flowers: October – February.

Fruit: Three to four winged capsule 10–30 mm wide, brownish red. Takes 10-11 months to mature and often present during subsequent  flowering season. Up to 3 seeds per fruit. September–November. Dispersed locally by gravity.

Seed: Black, 3 mm diameter. Hard seeded, physically dormant . Germinates readily once scarified. Soil stored seedbank.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Woodland habitat.
  • Occasional shrub in patches in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Generally killed by fire.
  • Seed recruitment following fire.
  • Successful establishment needs adequate seasonal rainfall.



Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Dodonaea viscosa plant

Dodonaea viscosa flower

Dodonaea viscosa fruit