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Varnish leaf

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Varnish leaf

Dodonaea viscosa

  • Origin: Florida Native
  • Height: 10’ - 15’
  • Spread: 6’ - 15’
  • Shrub has shiny green leaves with a varnished appearance giving this plant its most widely used common name, resinous coating on leaves protects against water loss making this plant exceptionally drought tolerant
  • Known for showy pendent fruit that emerges green, turns yellow-green, then pink and red, and then brown as they mature, hurricane resistance, interesting foliage
  • Three-parted seed pods have 3 or 4 rounded wings
  • Greenish yellow flowers are seen in the spring and fall, flowers on the same plant may be male, female, or perfect are without true petals, appear in terminal clusters that are 3 inches in length
  • USDA hardiness zones 9 – 11, grows in full sun, very drought tolerant, highly salt tolerant
  • Attracts pollinators, dense foliage good for bird nesting
  • No pests or diseases of major concern