Alert List for Environmental Weeds
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3246 1
About the guide
Rosewood is on the Alert List for Environmental Weeds, a list of 28 non-native plants that threaten biodiversity and cause other environmental damage. Although only in the early stages of establishment, these weeds have the potential to seriously degrade Australia's ecosystems.
Rosewood has been planted all over the world as an ornamental street tree and garden plant. It is also valued as a shade tree, a source of 'rosewood' timber and, in some circumstances, fodder for stock. In Australia it was originally planted in the 1970s in Queensland's suburban gardens and streets. It is popular in the Queensland pastoral industry for fattening stock during the winter period, and for its shade value.
Rosewood is drought resistant, and frost and salt tolerant. These characteristics, in addition to its ability to produce many seeds and achieve high germination rates, make rosewood a serious threat to native plants. The concentrated presence of rosewood plants along a watercourse in Queensland has caused problems by clogging drains with their leaves and seeds, resulting in flooding.