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Australian Blackwood-- Also known as:   Sally Wattle;  Hickory;  Mudgerabah; 

Acacia  Melanoxylon     

Plant Type:  perennial   evergreennitrogen fixing tree

Description: Commonly known as the Australian Blackwood, is an Acacia species native to eastern Australia. Leaves are purplish silver in colour and produce beautiful colouring in the sunlight. Flowers are cream to pale yellow, fragrant, and grow in bunches. Prized for its timber.

 
 
 

Plant Attributes

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Plant Hardiness  zones

US zone
8b
 -  
US zone
10b
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Plant Dimensions

Plant Height
100-3000cm
Plant Spread
400-1500cm

Leaf

Width
1-4cm
bi

Stem

hardwood

Seed

Roots

fibrous

Sun Aspect

Part Shade
 -  
Full Sun

Water Needs

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Maintenance Level: Low maintenance
 

 
 
 
 
  • globular flower heads that grow in small bunches
  • Scarify seed before sowing
 
 
 
 
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Medicinal: Australian Aboriginals used the bark and twigs of this tree as a fish poison and roasted bark as a treatment for rheumatism. The bark and leaves of this Acacia also contain traces of DMT.
Animals: The large seed pods attract local bird life that eat the orange-reddish outer layer and spread the seeds to nearby areas.
Farm: This is a great companion plant that fixes nitrogen into the soil and prevents soil erosion.
 
 
 

Plant Description

Prefers rich, loamy soils in a moist, protected position and is frost resistant. Requires consistently moist soil.

The fruit are curved pods, sometimes in a complete circle and contain seeds which are black with an orange aril.

USDA hardiness zone 8b - 10b.

 
 
 
 
 
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