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Sydney Golden Wattle

Did You Know?

  • Can tolerate frosts down to -7° C
  • Suitable for a hedge or screen plant and areas of low maintenence (road batters)
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Large shrub up to 8 m tall.


Light green phyllodes (flattened leaf stalks) 14 - 2 0cm long and 2 - 3 cm wide. Several longitudinal veins.


Bright yellow flowers arranged forming elongate clusters.


Elongate pods 4 - 150 mm long, cylindrical in shape with a pointed tip. Green in colour but turn brown as they mature. Each pod contains 4 black seeds.

Field Guide

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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower

  • Full flowering (record all days)

  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

  • No flowering

  • Fruiting/seed pods

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When and Where

When To Look

  • Flowering in spring (June-October)
  • Fruiting 1-2 months after flowering, usually during summer (December - January)

Where To Look

  • In Native to south-eastern regions, particularly Victoria and NSW
  • Widely cultivated in southern and western Australia
  • A wide range of habitats: heathlands, woodlands, tall forests and coastal regions
  • Often found along creeks or near swamps
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What Else?

Similar Species

Coastal Wattle (Acacia sophorae) is a smaller shrub growing 0.5 - 3 m tall with shorter, broad leaves(4 - 12 cm long and 10-35 mm wide) that are less flexible. The leaves are wider at or above the middle.

Stiff-leaved Wattle (Acacia obtusifolia) has resinous leaf margins, paler flower heads and more rounded leaf tips. Also flowers later in the year, December to February.