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Acacia mangium

Mangium

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to May
  • Height30m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite to cream
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Acacia mangium (Mangium). This is a tall, flowering tree with a straight trunk which has vertical ridges and is grey-brown to dark brown in colour. The leaves are elliptic to narrowly elliptic, and can be up to 27 cm long and up to 10 cm wide. The pods are twisted around the black seeds, which are attached at thye base by bright orange fleshy growths called arils.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Semi-evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

North-east Queensland, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia.

Interest and use

Grown for the paper industry as well as for timber and fuel.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

This crop has an minimum optimum growing temperature of 22C and a maximum optimum growing temperature of 34C.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in the spring. Soak them in warm water until swollen first. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite, scale insects and mealy bug.

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