Bushy shrub or small tree to 4 - 5 metres high. Also known as the Fringed Wattle.
It flowers in mid winter and spring, producing masses long cylindrical spikes of fluffy, butter yellow, globular flowers.
This tree is great as a fast growing screen because of its dense foliage. Excellent windbreak or orchard legume. Host Plant for Imperial Hairstreak Butterfly.
Many Acacia seeds were staple foods for inland Aboriginal people. Some were eaten green; others were roasted, steamed and ground. Local wattles with edible seeds include Acacia decurrens (Early Black Wattle), Acacia floribunda (Gossamer Wattle), Acacia longifolia (Coastal Wattle) and Acacia fimbriata (Fringe Wattle).
Wattle seeds and Wattle seed flour are now marketed as a bush food with recipes for delicious desserts. They add a pleasant nutty flavour to cakes, bread and can also be used as a coffee substitute.
This Acacia will have a useful life of about 8-12 years.
Aspect: Full Sun
Soil/Conditions: Moist / Well-Drained
Description: Weeping, often crooked habit, Evergreen Perennial Light Green narrow leaves to 8 cm x 5 mm, Yellow perfumed ball-shaped flowers to 8 mm in Winter to Spring, Woody flattened seed pods to 10 cm x 8 mm
Maintenance: Ensure adequate water during dry spells as it will die off in drought periods. Cut back new growth by a third after flowering to keep tidy.
Diseases: Old and stressed plants are susceptible to Moth Borer damage, so keep this plant growing vigorously by application of blood and bone or slow release native fertiliser.
NOTE - Living plants must be collected (by appointment) - postage not available