Wilga, Sheepbush, Dogwood, Willow, Australian Willow, Dogbush, Greenheart, Sheep Bush.
After J.D. Geijer, early Swedish botanist. Parviflora, from Latin, meaning small-flowered.
Up to 10m.
Presence in Australia
Noted on sandy soil in The Rock-Henty-Milbrulong region. More common to the north-west of the SW Slopes.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, Vic, SA, WA.
Mixed woodland communities on range of soils.
Shapely spreading small tree or shrub to 10m high. Often rounded, dense canopy of branches hanging to ground-level and narrow glossy dark-green leaves.
Drought resistant and hardy.
Deep-rooted. Leaves strongly aromatic when crushed. Palatable trees often grazed to uniform horizontal line above ground-level.
White, Jun-Nov. Small with strong odour. Strongly influenced by rainfall.
Easily collected when mature, as seeds abundantly. Can be gathered from ground beneath trees.
From fresh seed or cuttings, which are slow to root. Hard seed coat contains chemical inhibitors. Apply pressure to fracture and remove seed coat before sowing.
From seed. Very few seedlings establish despite prolific seed production.
Shade and shelter
Excellent low-level cover in windbreaks due to low branching.
Timber light-coloured, hard, close-grained with an agreeable fragrance. Tends to split in seasoning. Prone to gum veins.
Excellent habitat. Flowers are a nectar and pollen source used by native insects, including flies.
Excellent ornamental for wide streets, roadsides, parks, larger gardens, and shade. Requires adequate space to develop. Responds to pruning.
Useful emergency fodder in drought (although not all individual trees palatable).