It will tolerate a variety of environmental conditions. As it ages it can develop an interesting knarled form (The fruit drop can be messy!!) Itâ€™s quick to establish and provide a dominant, attractive canopy in the landscape. It has attractive flowers and soft foliage that provides dappled shade. In winter it has yellow berries making it interesting all year round.
Queensland and New South Wales.
Small deciduous tree. Wide spreading, broad domed canopy that develops a marked layered appearance. Fast growth rate, mature size ranges between 6-10m high x 5-8m wide.
Leaves bipinnate, large, glossy, and fresh green coloured. Bark a dark brown with shallow fissures when young becoming grey-brown and furrowed with age. Flowers purplish mauve borne in diffuse panicles in spring. Yellow berries persist during the winter.
Adapts to most soils. Moderate waterlogging and drought tolerance. Not seriously affected by pest or disease.
Based on mature size tree would require approximately 50m2 area or 30m3 root volume (crown projection method).
A handsome tree, berry persistence amongst winter tracery adds an element of interest, though eventual fruit drop can be a problem. Germinates readily in the right conditions, is a weed species in the northern states. Requires formative pruning.
Ref: Kellow, J. (Ed) (1994) Landscape plant manual:
Vol. 1, V.C.A.H Burnley College, Australia.