Jacksonia_scoparia.jpg (62201 bytes)Jacksonia scoparia: is a member of the Fabaceae (Pea) family and is commonly known as Dogwood.

Jacksonia scoparia is a medium to tall shrub that may reach a height of five metres. The bark is dark grey, hard and furrowed. Juvenile growth is silvery and silky-hairy. Branches may be erect, spreading or pendulous. During the flowering season branches are often weighed down by the weight of blossom.

The leaves are reduced to cladodes (stems modified to function as leaves). Dogwood cladodes are angles, sometimes winged, greyish to greyish green and finely hairy. Members of the Casuarinaceae (She Oak) family also come equipped with cladodes. Probably this is an adaptation to reduce water loss.

Jacksonia scoparia flowers are pea-shaped, about 13 millimetres across and orange-yellow with a red base. Blooms are carried in terminal racemes. During spring flowers are conspicuous, profuse and sweetly scented. Flower perfume is particularly strong when a number of specimens are growing in close proximity. Blooms are followed by small, oblong, hairy pods.

Jacksonia scoparia is an attractive shrub and is found throughout New South Wales and Queensland.

Propagation is from seed that should be soaked in boiling water before sowing to soften the hard coat. Cuttings of firm young growth should also be successful.