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Acacia mearnsii|Black Wattle

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

A fast growing open tree with smooth dark bark. Gum often exudes from the bark.
Size (W x H)
8-25m x 6-10m
Olive-green ferny leaves to 20cm long. Glands on central leaf stalks both at the junction and between pairs of leaf segments.
Dense bunches of highly perfumed flowerheads. Pods constricted between seeds, 6-15cm x 5-9mm.
Flower colour
Pale yellow
Flower time
September to December
Growing conditions
Well drained soils of open forests and cleared areas from lowlands to mountains. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi or dappled shade. Borer attack can cause branch breakages in high wind and a shorter life span.
Commonly used for
Attractive shade tree. Plant away from target areas.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory