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.
|Scientific Name:||Callicoma serratifolia|
|Common Name:||Black Wattle|
|Plant Type:||Small tree|
|Height:||6 ~ 12 metres|
|Width:||2 ~ 4 metres|
|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|
|Soil Moisture:||Moist moderate drainage|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Screen|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.