This Acacia grows to a small or medium tree, and flowers quite abundantly with rod-shaped flowers appearing from late summer to mid-winter. It grows naturally in open forest and can also be found in rainforest where it can grow significantly higher. Not seen so much in cultivation, it is nonetheless a useful forest or screening tree and produces timber that can be used in cabinet work and for a variety of other purposes.
The roots also fix nitrogen in soil, making it a great plant for reforestation of poor soils.
There are also two interesting varieties:
var. macrocarpa Benth. – occurs in Qld and NT, flowers very prolifically.
var. fruticosa C. T. White – smaller and more shrub-like, it can be found on slopes of the Glasshouse Mountains in Qld at approximately 300m altitude, and bears rich orange-coloured flowers in early autumn.
|Scientific Name:||Acacia aulacocarpa|
|Other Common Names:||Brown Salwood, Hickory Wattle|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large tree|
|Height:||6 ~ 20 metres|
|Width:||7 ~ 10 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Summer, Autumn, Winter|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Screen, Windbreak|
|Special Uses:||Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Seed eating birds, Other insects|
WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT
Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you. Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-