Acacia Melanoxylon, commonly known as Blackwood or Australian Blackwood, is a prominent tree native to southeastern Australia and Tasmania. Recognised for its tall and straight trunk, this evergreen species can reach significant heights, often exceeding 30 meters. The bark of mature trees is smooth and dark brown to black, contributing to its name.
The distinctive foliage of Acacia Melanoxylon consists of feathery, bipinnate leaves that are typically dark green and glossy. The tree produces clusters of small, golden-yellow flowers, adding a touch of vibrancy to its overall appearance.
The plant is well-suited to a range of soil types and environmental conditions, thriving in both wet and dry sclerophyll forests. It is often cultivated for its timber and as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens. The species has also been introduced to other parts of the world, including New Zealand and parts of Europe.
In its native habitat, Acacia melanoxylon serves ecological roles, providing habitat and food for local wildlife. Additionally, it forms a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria, enriching the soil with nutrients.
At a glance:
- Fast growing evergreen tree
- Strongly scented flowers
You will receive
|Season of interest
|Hardiness Rating (RHS)
|Well-drained soil. Clay, loam, sand
|Neutral - Acidic