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I have a bunch of these on one of my blocks. Anyone know what it is?

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Looks like Black Wattle. Its flowering up here now. Bees love it for the pollen.

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Some sort of acacia, by the leaves. I have some flowering now but it's not always warm enough for the bees to benefit.

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Agree some sort of Acacia. Probably if it's been planted en masse Tasmanian Blackwood, Acacia Melanoxylon

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Agree some sort of Acacia. Probably if it's been planted en masse Tasmanian Blackwood, Acacia Melanoxylon

I have read conflicting accounts of the value of Blackwood pollen.

What do you think

My bees ignore it

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I've never noticed bees on mine, or the closely related Sydney Wattle

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My bees are going for the Tasmanian Blackwood. I didn't notice them at first because they are up high but I can hear them and see them with the binoculars ;-)

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My bees are going for the Tasmanian Blackwood. I didn't notice them at first because they are up high but I can hear them and see them with the binoculars ;)

I might have to pay more attention ! :rolleyes::rolleyes:

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Bees in Putaruru build up quick with all the pollen from the Wattles.

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Tasmanian Blackwood appears to be the winner :) thanks everyone.

 

Funnily enough, I took a photo of another tree in flower on a different part of this farm.. and didn't even notice that it appears to be the same variety. The ones a little lower on the property are already in good flower, but the ones in the location pictured above are on a high ridge and there's not a bud broken among em.

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They self seed realy easily too. Also fast growing and good for fire wood.

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Old tasmanian blackwood is also one of my favourite woodturning wood. It is full of silicon and very hard on cutting edges. The bark blunts chainsaws very quickly.

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Tasmanian Blackwood or something very similar. I agree with Trevor it is a beautiful wood. I don't rate it very highly for pollen (no nectar at all) but it is a lot better than nothing and the bees will work it. This is a tree that could be planted far more widely and can be very useful for erosion control. It does sucker but that can be an advantage in some situations. When planted in better soils it can produce magnificent trunks which are far more valuable and beautiful than pine will ever be.

Does anyone notice that I seem to be biased against pine.

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Does anyone notice that I seem to be biased against pine.

Don't know what your on about @john berry ... :mask: ... I thought pine was perfect for, what was it, making frames? :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

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Pine is far better for kindling than Blackwood.....

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Kahikatea made far superior frames.(please dont use its to rare and beautiful).

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Kahikatea made far superior frames.(please dont use its to rare and beautiful).

I just love the texture and feel of Black Virgin Plastic frames

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I just love the texture and feel of Black Virgin Plastic frames

 

Hmmmm :unsure:

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Kahikatea made far superior frames.(please dont use its to rare and beautiful).

Have you heard of any beehive boxes made of eucalyptus wood, or gum? Nothing comes up with a Google search, just wondering because I'm chopping up some nice trees for firewood, and they say the wood is hard and good to burn, so I'm thinking about milling some planks for hive boxes. Any thoughts?

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I think one of the characteristics of eucalyptus is milling the stuff before the log splits for africa, then being careful how the

planks are dried ??? They wouldn't be the lightest boxes around.

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I have a bunch of these on one of my blocks. Anyone know what it is?

Tasmanian blackwood

 

So far behind the 8 ball :P

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