The sand olive, as Dodonea angustifolia is commonly known, is a small tree or shrub of southern Africa (SA Tree List No. 437). It grows along the South African south and east coasts as well as inland in most of the provinces north of the Vaal River. It is found in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and further to the north.
There are various forms of the tree, given its large presence across diverse veld types, including three subspecies, viz. subsp. angustifolia, subsp. viscosa and subsp. angustissima (Coates Palgrave, 2002).