Silver Wattle

Silver Wattle is a striking light brown to subtle pink timber whose obvious growth rings create an appealing and attractive figure.

The timber

Closely related to Blackwood, Silver Wattle provides a counterpoint to this widely used but darker species.

Silver Wattle’s lighter tones mean it is increasingly in demand for furniture. Its very distinct rings can create a striped pattern when backsawn that makes it a fine timber for furniture designers and manufacturers.

Available in both solid and veneer, the wood is fairly tough. When planed and dressed, it produces a very smooth surface for furniture and polishes well.

The resource

Silver Wattle grows in Tasmania’s native forests where it prefers open forests up to 500m above sea level. 

Silver Wattle is a dominant species in most environments. In dry eucalypt forests, it grows as a shrub, and in wet eucalypt forests, it is a dominant understorey species. 
It can grow successfully on high plateaux and in deep mountain valleys. It does favour positions on stream banks, and prefers granite, sandstone and, to a lesser extent, volcanic soils. 

Silver Wattle grows rapidly. It regenerates well after a fire and can initially dominate a fire affected area, though it is not long lived, dying after 30-40 years. Seed is generally dispersed by birds and ants.

The Silver Wattle tree is widely distributed throughout eucalypt forests and woodlands in Eastern Australia. The percentage of Silver Wattle forest type in reserve is 30%.

The Tree

Silver Wattle grows very quickly and reaches a height of 25–30m and trunk diameter of 75cm. It can grow as a tree or shrub and, because of its distinctive flowers and foliage,it is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant.

The flower clusters of the Silver Wattle usually have about 30–40 flowers and grow to the same length as the leaves.The bright yellow flowers bloom between August and October and develop into a flat seedpods.

The distinctive blue-green feathery foliage grows to about 6–10cms in length. The feathery look is formed by 10–25 pairs of pinnae (small branches) and 17–50 pairs of leaflets on each pinnae.

The bark of the Silver Wattle is thin, smooth and lightly coloured white on younger trees and high up the trunk on older trees. At the lower base of the trunk or on aged bark, growth is a brownish black, hard and moderately fissured.

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