what have I got?

A tree is a woody plant, usually with one main trunk and a rather distinct and elevated head.

what have I got?

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24 Feb 2004, 21:19 #1


I admired this plant ( tree!) in a friends greenhouse, so he promptly gave me a branch! Unfortunately, he hs no idea what it is called or how to propogate it
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24 Feb 2004, 21:54 #2


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24 Feb 2004, 22:25 #3

dunno either Jo
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25 Feb 2004, 00:35 #4

Its an Acacia, possibly A. dealbata but unsure about that
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25 Feb 2004, 00:56 #5

not dealbata, no broad leaves on dealbata, unless of course its a very young specimen
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25 Feb 2004, 08:13 #6

Sorry Jo, don't recognise it

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25 Feb 2004, 22:13 #7

Awwwwwwwwwwwww
Thanks so far, folks
It's stuck in a bucket just now, waiting for instructions! I've done a couple of softwood & heel cuttings, just in case!
Isn't there ANYBODY out there who can help????
PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE????
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26 Feb 2004, 00:06 #8

Part of it looks like an Acacia, otherwise
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26 Feb 2004, 00:56 #9

I'm sure the suggestion of Acacia is correct but I'm going for a soft grown A. melanoxylon because of its bipinnate juvenile foliage together with the adult foliage consisting of phyllodes. melanoxylon is certainly a species that exhibits both types of foliage in its former years.Peter
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26 Feb 2004, 03:52 #10

For those of you who are not quite so well informed as Plantsman let me explain what he means.
'I'm sure the suggestion of Acacia is correct but I'm going for a soft grown A. melanoxylon because of its bipinnate juvenile foliage together with the adult foliage consisting of phyllodes. melanoxylon is certainly a species that exhibits both types of foliage in its former years.'

bipinnate means featherlike, compound (two or more parts) leaves with leaflets displayed on either side on a central stalk.
phyllodes These are not leaves, but a highly modified petiole (stalk by which a leaf is attached) that are more effective at water utilization.
It's quite a common thing in Acacias, not just 'soft grown' ones, it's a adaptation to the environment. It also occurs but not to such an obvious degree in Eucalyptus species.
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26 Feb 2004, 08:44 #11

Thank you DeeDee. I do confess that my eyes just glazed over completely at plantsman's posting, but maybe I shall be more up on these terms when we progress more with your botany course.
For those of you who don't know, part two of DeeDee's botany course in now online and available permanently here
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26 Feb 2004, 11:03 #12

Thanks Plantsman for the identification & DeeDee for the translation
A.melanoxylon looks like a distinct probablility, but friend made no mention of it ever flowering - it is a huge size, so probably quite a mature specimen. Surely, it would have flowered by now? At present, it is well over 10' high, but the canopy is cut back hard every few years to keep it under control!
It IS rather nice though
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27 Feb 2004, 20:47 #13

HI there
It certainly looks like an Acacia to me . try growing some from seed they make excellent pot plants for the cool greenhouse or even outside in a sheltered position.
I have acacia dealbata outside in full flower now , and acacia retinodes my favourite in part bloom it does flower all year round when a seed exchange occurs on here I will join in and place some acacia seed hardy here in colchester on it .I hope this may be of help . I am really keen on mimosa. as can be seen from some of my posts
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28 Feb 2004, 15:46 #14


Jo, I saw this image in a Eucalyptus and Acacia magazine this morning. The write up was mainly about four stages of foliage on some Eucalypts but it also mentioned Acacia melanoxylon together with this photo. Still not a dead cert, but perhaps a fair bet.Peter
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28 Feb 2004, 20:49 #15

Pretty close to it Plantsman
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28 Feb 2004, 23:58 #16

That's good enough for me, Plantsman!
Thank you
hmmmmm doesn't look like it will take from cuttings then! ah well - 'twas worth a try !
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29 Feb 2004, 01:30 #17

I remember my dealbata on IOW, when cut back by one third, (was about 30 feet high) threw up suckers all over the lawn, I did actually dig up a couple, and pot them on. I think what happened in basic terms is that it panicked, and threw up these suckers as a defence mechanism, to ensure its continuity. But thats just my thoughts, could be the truth is entirely different.
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ps.... the potted ones went on to produce nice little trees.
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