Dodonaea viscosa

COMMON NAME

A'ali'I, Hop Bush or Sand Olive

TYPE

​Shrub

FAMILY

Sapindaceae

NOTES

A medium-sized shrub or small tree up to 25 feet tall, but most often it is 6 to 12 feet in height. There is a lot of variation in leaf size and shape, but the leaves are generally longer than they are wide and most often pointed.  new leaves, and sometimes older ones as well, are covered with a sticky substance. Generally, older leaves have a rough, sandpapery texture. The plant may have one or several main trunks which have reddish-brown to blackish gray bark. The wood is extremely tough and durable. In New Zealand, where it is the heaviest of any native wood, the Māori have traditionally used it for making weapons, carved walking staves, axe-handles, and weights on drill shafts.Native Hawaiians made pou (house posts), laʻau melomelo (fishing lures), and ʻōʻō (digging sticks) from ʻaʻaliʻi wood and a red dye from the fruit.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Australia, India, and tropical and subtropical Africa

NATIVE HABITAT

Does well in a wide range of climates and soils from riverine forest, sandy beaches to rocky soils on hillsides and arid marginal areas, mostly in disturbed areas.

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

www2.hawaii.edu



Dodonaea viscosa