Aalii (Dodonaea viscosa) is a wind and drought tolerant plant found from the dry coastal lowlands to the wet forests of the Hawaiian Islands. The fruit capsules and leaves are popular in lei making and are also used to make red dye for kapa cloth.
In addition to being drought tolerant, Aalii can also be used for erosion control. Its deep tap roots act as stabilizers and the plant requires very little care once established. The species typically displays as a dense shrub (4-8 ft.) but can be pruned into a small tree, topiary or hedge and is very forgiving of pruning errors.
The fruit capsules and leaves are popular in lei making and are also used to make red dye for kapa cloth. Colorful seed capsules used for lei making are from the female flowering plants (dioecious) and vary in color from cream all the way to dark red.
coastal dunes, lava fields, and mesic forests of the Hawaiian Islands
We currently have 125 herbarium specimens for Dodonaea viscosa in our collection. Click on any specimen below to view the herbarium sheet data.