plant catalogue

provincial plants + landscapes

plant type

  • native trees and shrubs

water      hardiness

top ten

coastal gardens

project type

urban and commercial
erosion control
farm forestry and agriculture

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage
reasonable drainage

Acacia mearnsii

black wattle

A fast growing medium sized tree growing to 20m in height. The bipinnate foliage is dark green on top, paler underneath, with fine downy hairs. Creamy yellow ball-shaped flowers in spring.
originNSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.
cultural notesA hardy plant that adapts to most soil types. Grow in full sun or part shade.
maintenanceCan suffer serious damage from borers.
toleratesTolerant of frost, drought and poor soils.
flowering seasonSpring.
flower colourCreamy yellow ball shaped flower heads in clusters.
foliage colourDark green bipinnate foliage with fine downy hairs. One of the Acacia species that retains bipannate foliage throughout its life.
widthup to 4m
heightup to 20m
plant spacing200cm apart
recommended usesA useful pioneer revegetation species, good for erosion control, soil improver through nitrogen fixing. A handy fast growing screen or windbreak.
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Forest & Kim Starr

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