Callicoma serratifolia – Black Wattle

An ornamental large shrub to small tree for temperate to subtropical areas, fast growing to around 8 metres in cultivation. It has attractive serrated shiny leaves with contrasting pale fuzzy undersides and the new growth is bronze coloured with rusty hairs. It flowers in late spring to early summer with lemon coloured fluffy flowers which resemble Acacia flowers, hence the common name. Australia’s early settlers used this plant to make buildings of wattle and daub too. It naturally grows in moist sheltered areas, but is reasonably adaptable. Good in sun or light shade. Frost tender when young, but frost tolerant once established.

Family:Cunoniaceae
Scientific Name:Callicoma serratifolia
Common Name:Black Wattle
Plant Type:Small tree
Height:6 ~ 12 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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