Pruning blackwood

Here’s a couple of blackwood pruning questions from David in South Gippsland, Victoria.

Example 1

How would you tackle this one?


That’s an easy one David!

Read the Blackwood Growers Handbook Pages 55-60.

You have at least 2 clear options on this tree – the dominant on the left or the dominant on the right.

Blackwoods have an amazing ability to straighten up if you encourage them with good pruning.

Be brave!

PS. I should mention that Spring is the time to prune blackwoods. This gives the trees a whole growing season to begin healing the pruning wounds.

Example 2:

I think a deer might have got at this one


Looks like it!

The tree is fundamentally compromised from a quality wood production point of view.

I think with this one I would prune it to ground level and let the blackwood coppice. Then after a year select the best coppice shoot.

Try and get some venison sausages!!


One response to “Pruning blackwood

  1. Goodo.

    Re example 1 I downloaded the NZ Blackwood Handbook sometime ago. We’ve been using that as a guide for pruning etc I can recommend it to anyone reading this blog. This tree had seen some damage from browsers (I think rabbits) several years ago so we left it for a while to get some crown re-established. I’ve been very surprised at how well a blackwood and other wattles will recover from severe browsing.

    Re example 2, I’ve been surprised by how vigorously a number of wattle species on our block will coppice. I’m curious to see how this tree will respond to what’s effectively ringbarking so might leave it for a while before coppicing. There’s deer in the Strzeleckis but we haven’t seen deer sign on our block to date. I spent some time the other day looking for deer sign. I’m not claiming any great expertise in identifying the presence or otherwise of deer but I couldn’t find any obvious deer scats, other rubs or deer beds. (The ground is a bit hard at the moment to show hoof prints.) And this sapling is on top of a rise some distance from cover.

    I’ve not see a tree trashed like this by other browsers other than perhaps sheep or cows. I’m reasonably confident that it’s not either of them.

    Be interested in any comments that might help identify the browser concerned one way or another



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