plant catalogue

provincial plants + landscapes

plant type

  • native trees and shrubs

water      hardiness

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bird attracting
bog gardens

project type

urban and commercial
erosion control
farm forestry and agriculture

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage
reasonable drainage

Acacia dealbata

silver wattle, mimosa

Variable in height from a large shrub to a medium sized tree reaching 30m. However, in a garden situation it will rarely grow taller than 8-9m. Bipinnate foliage is blue-grey and covered in fine hairs which give the tree a silvery appearance.
originNSW, ACT, Vic, Tas.
cultural notesA hardy plant adaptable to a wide range of soils and climates. Prefers a sunny position with good drainage. Fast growing but relatively short lived.
maintenanceHas the potential to become invasive when grown outside its natural range.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant.
flowering seasonLate Winter and Spring.
flower colourProduces large sprays of pale lemon to golden yellow ball-shaped flowers. The fruit are light brown pods.
foliage colourBipinnate leaves made up of many tiny leaflets are blue-grey and covered in fine hairs giving the tree a silvery appearance.
widthup to 8m
heightup to 30m
plant spacing200cm apart
recommended usesA useful species for disturbed sites as it is fast growing and improves the soil by fixing nitrogen. Good for windbreaks in large areas.
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Noodle snacks

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