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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Myth Buster:Wattles rarely cause hayfever (it is mostly grasses)
Botanical Name:Acacia melanoxylon
2 synonyms:   Mimosa melanoxylon , Racosperma melanoxylon
Common Name:australian blackwood , blackwood , blackwood acacia , hickory , mudgerabah , tasmanian blackwood
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Large Tree (over 6 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Seeds are edible and flowers can be cooked and eaten.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Fertile, Moist
30 m x 15 m
Foliage:Dull green phyllodes
Flowers:Short clusters of cream ball-shaped flowerheads on scaly stalks. Pods 4-15 cm x 3.5-10 mm, becoming twisted and coiled, retained for a long time; seed stalk red. July-October
Fast growing, upright. Frost tolerant. Caterpillars like to eat it. Shade & screening. Habitat tree. Will sucker if roots damaged. Can be upper or middle canopy.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  5. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  6. Australian National Botanic Garden
  7. iPlants
  8. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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