Answers to  questions in Features

This page has answers to the questions asked about the photos of the different features of a Black Box tree:

  • trunks – no questions
  • bark
  • blossum
  • fruit(gumnuts)
  • leaves


Heavily fissured (cracked) bark of a mature Black Box tree

  • 1 The cracks are often wider than adult thumb width.
  • 2 The fibres mostly go up and down the trunk, so that the bark can wrap around the trunk.
  • 3 The colour of this bark close up is greys and browny greys.


Blossom of the Black Box tree

  • 4 The Black Box blossom is white with yellow dots on the end of the stamens,, sitting in a lime green cup. ( But sometimes pink flowers also develop!)
  • 5 The Black Box cup is a cup shape.
  • 6 The nectar that the birds and insects come for is in the base of the cup.


Last season’s fruit (gumnuts) of the Black Box

  • 7 The Black Box fruit is tiny, cup or goblet shaped and a dark brown colour.
  • 8 The cup remains on the fruit. (The cap came off  to let the blossom come out.)



Black Box leaf, with 50c piece for scale

  • 9  The Black Box leaf is an olive green, with a long narrow spear- like shape and a curved tip at the end.
  • 10 The Black Box leaf has a noticeable lime green main vein.



Return to main Black Box page or go onto “ph, salinity and the trees‘ which explores Black Boxes and other trees in the Lower Wimmera by photos, values and water quality in several places.

Page updated 15 Jan 2013
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