Clausena anisata is a hardy, slender shrub or small tree that has glossy, dark green leaves that have an unpleasant smell when crushed hence the common name. This small, evergreen to semi-deciduous tree grows to a height of 3 to 5 m and appears quite spindly when young. As it matures, the Horsewood has a lovely rounded shape with compound, glossy foliage that droops slightly.
Sprays of attractive, creamy white to yellow flowers are produced from May to August, attracting insects and butterflies. Small fruits follow, maturing from pinkish-red to black which in turn is favoured by many bird species.
The hardy Clausena anisata has a non-aggressive root system and can be planted in sun or semi-shade. It is fairly fast growing and can tolerate frost and drought conditions with ease. The tree is well suited to townhouse gardens and can be planted close to buildings or paved areas.
You may find stock of this plant at Random Harvest.