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Armidale District

These are actually the FRUITS.
Each capsule is much larger than the flower.

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images - W. Sheather

APS Armidale Fact Sheet - Dodonaea boroniifolia

Text and images by
Warren Sheather

Over 50 Dodonaea (Hop Bush) species are native to Australia. Although reasonably common in the Australian bush few Dodonaeas are widely cultivated. This is a pity because many species have interesting foliage and colourful fruits.
They belong to the Sapindaceae family.

Do_boroniifolia plant

Dodonaea boroniifolia has both interesting foliage and colourful capsules. Reaching a height of 2-3 metres this species has pinnate leaves.

Capsules
Capsules

Dodonaeas have male and female flowers usually carried on different plants. Both male and female flowers are insignificant. The female flowers develop into 2-4 winged capsules.
A hard-coated seed is held in each wing. Unfertilised flowers will produce capsules without seeds.

Leaf

Dodonaea boroniifoliaThe leaflets are dark green, sticky with a lobed apex.
Each lobe has an unusual sunken gland

Flowering extends from May to December.
The 4-winged capsules that appear after flowering are an eye-catching purplish-red.
The dark green foliage contrasts with the capsules.
Dodonaea boroniifolia has proved to be hardy and, once established, has low water requirements. Garden visitors often remark on the colourful capsules that are carried for many months. Prune lightly every so often to keep plants from becoming straggly.

Dodonaea boroniifolia is widespread in New South Wales as well Queensland and Victoria.
There is a population in the TSR, west of Tea Tree Creek along the Bundarra Road.
The species name refers to the similarity to Boronia foliage.
Propagation is by seed, best soaked in hot water before sowing, and cuttings.
We only propagate cuttings from female plants to maintain the colourful capsules.