Acacia mearnsii or 'black wattle' is a very fast growing tree to 10 metres or more. Black wattle is a colonising species that has an important role to play in restoring bush fire affected sites. As it is a legume, it provides nitrogen to depleted fire-affected soils. Acacia mearnsii has an extensive range throughout the higher rainfall areas of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the South East of South Australia.
Black wattle (black wattle) has deservedly earned a reputation as a 'weed' in some overseas countries where its become out of control however this is not an issue in it's native environment. Acacia mearnsii is one of the fastest growing wattles and ideal for soil stabilisation and soils conservation applications and fast screening and shelter.
Acacia mearnsii (black wattle) has dark green ferny foliage and pale yellow flowers. Fost hardy. Excellent fuelwood.
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Notes on Maps.
Generally, the concentrated clusters of markers represent the geographical range where this species occurs naturally. Outlying markers and geographically disassociated markers represent observations of the species in cultivation and/or recorded in herbaria etc.
These maps are provided by, and are used with the permission of, Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (AVH)