Acacia pycnantha

Golden Wattle

Erect or spreading shrub or small tree with waxy bark on young growth.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size3-10 m 2-5 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesBroad, bright green sickle-shaped to curved foliage to 20 cm x 10-50 mm, often hanging. Single, central main vein, 1-2 glands, slightly raised, near the base of the leaf.
  • Flower colourGold
  • Flowering timeJuly to October
  • FlowersMasses of densely-flowered, scented ball-shaped flowerheads in axillary spikes. Thin flattish, slightly constricted pods 5-13 cm x 5-7 mm.
  • Bird attractingSeeds, insects
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsReasonably well drained loamy soil in open forests and woodlands. Light to moderate frosts. Tolerate limited drought conditions. Best in full sun but will accept semi shade.
  • Garden useSpecimen plant. Windbreak, screen. Australia's floral emblem.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Food (seed), containers, medicine, glue
Photographer/s: 1 Marty White/SYR ©; 2-6 Marilyn Bull ©

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