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Members of the NZ Farm Forestry Association have been growing blackwood for many decades and have valuable experience to share. We recommend you join NZFFA and the AMIGO Group, get involved with your local NZFFA branch, and visit some local growers to learn more about growing blackwood for timber.


Blackwood Handbook

Best Practice with Farm Forestry Timber Species
No. 4: Blackwood Handbook: Best Practice with Farm Forestry Timber Species (Second edition, 2008)
Ian Nicholas
Introduction and Chapter 1: Species recognition, history and habitat
Chapter 2: Timber properties, market and resource
Chapter 3: Site requirements and land use
Chapter 4: Agroforestry
Chapter 5: Seed, genetics and clonal propogation
Chapter 6: Seedling production, establishment and nutrition
Chapter 7: Health
Chapter 8: Management options
Chapter 9: Growth, habitat and malformation
Chapter 10: Pruning and thinning
Chapter 11: Growth model, yields, suggested regime
Chapter 12: Economic analyses
Chapter 13: Utilisation
Chapter 14: Case studies
Chapter 15: Summary
Chapter 16: References, other information sources and glossary of terms 


Treegrower articles

  • Collective blackwood marketing
    Malcolm Mackenzie From Treegrower, November 2013 I am keen to respond to the excellent ‘From the Patron’ in the August Tree Grower and hopefully stimulate a wide-ranging discussion among fellow…
  • Blackwood Milling
    Malcolm Mackenzie From Treegrower, November 2013 I attempted to be a little more scientific when we did our third small milling of Tasmanian blackwood timber this year. I wanted to…
  • Blackwoods and the nurse
    New Zealand Tree Grower August 2006 Ian Brown Trees as people One of the risks in growing trees is a tendency to attribute human characteristics to them. This is the…
  • Blackwood – the Westland experience
    New Zealand Tree Grower August 2006 Ross Jackson History of blackwood in Westland Plantings of blackwood have been made in Westland since the mid 1960s. Initially they were undertaken as…
  • Blackwood – An overview
    New Zealand Tree Grower August 2006 Ian Brown Blackwood 11 years old, clear pruned to six metres I think it is fair to say that blackwood, Acacia melanoxylon, has had…
  • Milling and grading New Zealand grown blackwood
    New Zealand Tree Grower August 2006 Mike Esson Blackwood is a much sought after timber, especially by cabinet makers because of it rich dark colour and fine finish. Blackwood is…
  • Furniture from blackwood
    New Zealand Tree Grower August 2006 Customers visiting the Everwood Furniture showroom in Mount Maunganui love furniture made from blackwood timber according to Graeme Benjamin. Graeme and his wife Betty…
  • Where blackwoods go wrong
    Ian Brown, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2005. The photograph at the bottom of the page is of a blackwood which we planted in 1980 in the Far North. At 24…


Trees on Farms videos (featuring blackwood)



  • Notes on West coast blackwoods: Ian Brown's Blog, March 26, 2017
    On an evening in Southern Chile a few years back I was sitting at a long table in a German brewery with a group of New Zealand friends. We were…
  • Acacias in Chile: Ian Brown's Blog, September 26, 2015
    In 2012 a small group of us spent a week in Chile at the invitation of INFOR ( Institutio Forestal), the Chilean forest research institute. We were hosted by Juan-Carlos…
  • Shade Avoidance and Phase Change in Blackwoods: Ian Brown's Blog, March 12, 2014
    When blackwoods grow in natural forests, their form is enhanced by competition for light, but at the cost of slow growth compared to open grown trees. Companion planting is often…


Other sources of information

  • Blackwood Management: Learning from New Zealand
    Brown, A. G. (ed). (2004). Paper presented at the International Workshop, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Rotorua (2002).
    Contributions from Ian Nicholas, Ham Gifford, Greg Steward and Ian Barton.


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