Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect shrub or small tree to c. 5 m high. Leaves narrowly obovate or oblanceolate, 7–15 cm long, 11–25 mm wide; apex obtuse to truncate or shortly emarginate, usually minutely apiculate; margins entire or very indistinctly sinuate; surfaces glabrous, viscid, variably purple-tinted, lateral venation conspicuous; petiole indistinct. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

*GipP. Sparingly established in Victoria, recorded from the Mornington Peninsula, Inverloch, Anglesea and Colac areas.

A horticultural selection originating from the South Island of New Zealand. Widely cultivated for hardiness and the purplish foliage and fruits. It is readily recognizable by large leaves (to 12 cm long and 2.5 cm wide) with a purple abaxial surface.

See description for Dodonaea viscosa for features of the species.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-12
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-26
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Sapindales
family Sapindaceae
genus Dodonaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced