Black Acacia Blooms


The rains have returned and the air on the way to town is sweetened by newly bursting blossoms of black acacia  (Acacia melanoxlyon). A relative of koa, wood from black acacia is dense and reddish-orange, with deep streaks of burgundy brown, and white sapwood. Properly cured, the wood is stable and resistant to rot and infestation, and is prized for its durability. I made a few tables for the Edible Schoolyard from black acacia, and have several remaining boards stickered-up, awaiting the right project.