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Ake Ake, scientifically known as Dodonaea viscosa, is an evergreen shrub or small tree.

 

Description:

 

  • Size: Ake Ake can vary in size depending on the growing conditions. It typically grows as a shrub, ranging from 1 to 4 meters in height, but it can occasionally grow into a small tree up to 10 meters tall.
  • Leaves: The leaves of Ake Ake are narrow, elongated, and lance-shaped. They are usually a dark green color and have a sticky or resinous texture, which gives rise to the common name "Sticky Ake Ake."
  • Flowers: The shrub produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are greenish-yellow, often with reddish or brownish tinges. The flowers are not particularly showy but are followed by seed capsules.
  • Seed Capsules: Ake Ake produces distinctive papery seed capsules that are initially green but turn brown as they mature. These capsules contain small seeds.

 

Growing Conditions:

  • Climate: Ake Ake is adaptable to a range of climates, including coastal and inland regions. It can tolerate both arid and more humid conditions. It is commonly found in Mediterranean, subtropical, and warm temperate climates.
  • Sunlight: Ake Ake prefers full sun and can tolerate partial shade. It grows best in bright, sunny locations.
  • Soil: It can grow in a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. It prefers well-draining soils but can tolerate periods of temporary waterlogging.
  • Watering: Once established, Ake Ake is generally drought-tolerant and can withstand dry conditions. However, it benefits from occasional deep watering, particularly during extended periods of drought.
  • Maintenance: This plant is relatively low-maintenance. It requires little to no pruning, but occasional trimming can be done to maintain its shape or remove any dead or leggy branches.

 

Ake Ake is often used in landscaping for its hardiness, attractive foliage, and resilience to harsh conditions. It can be grown as a standalone specimen, in hedges, or as a windbreak. Additionally, it provides habitat and food for wildlife and can be utilized for erosion control in some areas.

 

 

Dodonaea viscosa Akeake

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