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Acacia mearnsii - Australian Black Wattle - 25 Seeds

Acacia mearnsii - Australian Black Wattle - 25 Seeds

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Acacia mearnsii - Australian Black Wattle - 25 Seeds

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Acacia mearnsii - Australian Black Wattle

This listing is for a packet of 25 seeds of this tree.

A. mearnsii is native to South-eastern Australia and Tasmania, but has been introduced to North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Pacific and Indian Ocean islands, Africa, and New Zealand.  It has been introduced to numerous parts of the world, and in those areas is often used as a commercial source of tannin or a source of firewood for local communities.

In its native range A. mearnsii is a tree of tall woodland and forests in subtropical and warm temperate regions. In Africa the species grows in disturbed areas, range/grasslands, riparian zones, urban areas, water courses, and mesic habitats at an altitude of between 600-1700m. 

A. mearnsii plays an important role in the ecosystem in its native Australia. As a pioneer plant it quickly binds the erosion-prone soil following the bushfires that are common in its Australian habitats. Like other leguminous plants, it fixes the atmospheric nitrogen in the soil. Other woodland species can rapidly utilise these increased nitrogen levels provided by the nodules of bacteria present in their expansive root systems. Hence they play a critical part in the natural regeneration of Australian bushland after fires.

Hardy to Zone 10, so only suitable for outdoor culture in the warmer parts of the UK.  Elsewhere use as pot specimen to go out in the summer or to be used in the conservatory/ greenhouse.

Also makes a stunning bonsai tree and training can start in the first year from seed, so ideal for those impatient to see the results of their efforts.

Very easy from seed, the germination rates are very high for this species, providing the seed coat is 'damaged' to allow the seed to take on water.  Full growing instructions can be downloaded via this link - Growing Instructions


 
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Variety Acacia
Type Seeds
Sub-Type Tropicals


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