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From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 9, 2000, 2:30 writes:
>Dodonea viscosa is indigenous to many places inthe pacific rim (Moria's >ring of fire). It is naturally found in Hawaii (known as A'ali'i) and >known by several other names D. eriocarpa in Australia, India, etc. It is >used in Hawaii for lei making, fire wood, diggin implements (very hard >wood). There also seem to be many ecomorphs as this plant is very >variable depending on the environment that it is grown in. On the slopes >of Mauna Kea it gets to be a huge tree (30+ feet) further down slope in >the windswept flaks of the mountains it is a low shrub. Flowers vary as >well as leaf shape and color. It is the host for one of Hawaii's Endemic >butterflies. All in all it is a nice plant, but if unpruned can spread >quite a bit (I should take some photos of the ones in the field). > >MTF
It's very interesting to me that D. viscosa is so widespread around the Pacific rim. Anyway, our neighbors have several of these plants planted against the chain-link fence separating our yard from theirs. They had to shear it back because they have become fuller than my neighbors thought they would. I've seen a couple near an apartment complex in town, and they have become small trees (about 20 feet high). I even have some seedlings coming up in my yard. I think they look nice (we have the purple forms coming up in our yard). I'm thinking that they might make a good windscreen against the back fence, but i need to wait 'til we get the yard cleaned up (we might instal a wooden fence along the back of the backyard, but that remains to be seen). ________________________________________________ The rattan basket criticizes the palm leaf basket, still both are full of holes.