common dogwood (Pomaderris apetala subsp apetala)

up to 10 metres high in Taroona
Natural Distribution: 
A wet forest understorey species that is common and widespread throughout Tasmania and mainland Australia. In Taroona, it occurs in our gullies and along our coastal cliffs.

Common dogwood is a small tree with smooth grey-brown bark. It can be confused with the other dogwood species in Taroona - Pomaderris elliptica (yellow dogwood) - however the leaf of common dogwood is longer and pointier, and grey-green, while yellow dogwood is elliptical and glossy dark-green. Both species' leaves have a pale underside with prominent veins. Common dogwood is also taller and narrower in form than yellow dogwood, which is more commonly a tall, dense shrub.

Both species produce large bunches of pale yellow flowers from September to November, although yellow dogwood's flowers are a darker yellow than common dogwood. The species name 'apetala' refers to the fact that the flowers of common dogwood lacks petals.

Common dogwood is also sometimes confused with tasmanian currajong (Asterotrichion discolor) in Taroona, as their foliage is similar, however their flowers are completely different. 

Habitat value:

Insects are attracted to its flowers. Birds are attracted to the insects. 

(Photos:   Society for Growing Australian Plants - Tas; Rob WIltshire & Greg Jordan - UTAS)