Narrow-leaf Hop-bush


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Common names

Narrow-leaf Hop-bush, Slender Hop-bush.

Scientific names

Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima, Dodonaea attenuata, Dodonaea angustissima.





Name origin

Dodonaea, after Flemish botanist Rembert Dodoens (1517-85). Viscosa, sticky. Angustissima, from Latin angustus, narrow, referring to leaves.



Growth rate


Growth height

Up to 4m.

Presence in Australia

Widespread. In most areas throughout the region.

This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA, NT, WA.


In open forests, woodlands and scrubs, on rocky outcrops, drier slopes and sandy sites.


Erect shrub to 4m high. Narrow green leaves 3 - 9.5cm long.

Site preference

Well-drained soil in partial or full sun. Tolerates frost and drought.


Fast-growing. Lifespan possibly up to several decades. Flowers are as early as two years after germination.


Reddish, spring. Inconspicuous.

Seed collection

Mid Oct to early Feb. Monitor closely as seeds released immediately or within 3-14 days of maturity. Papery capsules turn from red to tan-brown and become brittle as seeds ripen. Seeds black and firm when ripe. Large quantities easily collected. Retains viability for several years.


From seed (±212 viable seeds per gram), or cuttings. While untreated seeds germinate, hot water treatment hastens germination, which should take 2-4 weeks.


From seed, stem and coppice, particularly after fire. Establishes readily when direct seeded.

Shade and shelter

Useful low-level cover in windbreaks, due to multi-stemmed growth.

Land protection

Useful understorey in recharge planting. Useful in land rehabilitation such as stabilising sand due to shallow spreading roots.


Excellent habitat. Good pollen source for moths, butterflies and other insects including colourful beetles. Foliage good refuge for small birds. Fruits and seeds are forage for native birds. Kangaroos and wallabies browse foliage.


Dodonaea leaves used for pain relief. Leaves chewed for toothache (without swallowing the juice). Chewed leaves and juice used in treating stonefish and stingray wounds (usually bound to wound and left for several days).


Ornamental. Useful in hedges, screening, rock gardens and under trees. Three-angled fruits very colourful and attractive. Prune lightly to promote bushiness.


Useful drought fodder in some arid areas. Fruiting branches have cut flower potential.