Information & resources about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld
 

 

Wattles

Acacia species and cultivars

Family: Fabaceae subfam. Mimosoideae (alternative classification family Mimosaceae)

Wattles aren't often grown as garden plants, except by native plant enthusiasts or farmers (Acacia have many practical uses for landholders above their strictly ecological functions).

Interesting cultivars are gradually coming onto the market with special horticultural qualities, and we may see this genus making more inroads into the garden market over time.

Note that many of the Acacias you encounter on the internet could be African or American species (some of which could even be weeds if grown in Australia).



News

Australian wattle threatens Chinese flight safety

Black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) are rapidly spreading around airports in China's Yunnan province, endangering both the environment and flight safety. It is feared the fast-growing trees will provide shelter for birds and increase the likelihood of bird strikes. The species has been planted widely worldwide for its multiple uses, but is now poses an invasive threat in many locations. Source: 30-Mar-2016 Black wattle's new biogeographic distribution threatens flight safety in China (March 2016)

Older news at bottom of page.

Other Information Online


Be sure to also check the websites listed in the Natives - General Information section, many of which will have information about Acacias also.

Queensland (General information)
Download: Key to the wattles of Greater Brisbane Dowload the PDF file from this page. Environmental Protection Agency, Qld
Four Queensland Wattles Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc.
Australian Acacias (Wattles) emphasis on SE Qld, especially Laidley and Gatton
Acacia and casuarina forests Queensland Dept Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (PDF)

Australia (General information)
World Wide Wattle A collaboration of several government and research bodies, providing information about Australian Acacias.
The Genus Acacia extensive information from the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Acacia - An Introduction Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Wattle Day Association Inc Find information about Acacia as well as Wattle Day activities at this site
A Simple Botany of Wattles Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Acacia has promising potential as export cut flower crop Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation
Phosphorus Needs of Some Australian Plants Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Proposed Name Changes in Acacia Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Another view on Racosperma Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Edible Acacias Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Acacia The National Forestry Education and Awareness Network
Acacias for Adelaide Gardens The Australian Plants Society - SA Region
Wattle It Be? By Seed or Cuttings? Article about growing Acacias from cuttings. Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Wattles and Bushfires Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants

Species or Cultivars
Wallangarra Wattle (Acacia adunca) Southern Downs Regional Council, Qld
Acacia aulacocarpa has been renamed Taxonomic update, Australian Tree Seed Centre
Salwood, brown (Acacia aulacocarpa, A. mangium, A. crassicarpa) DEEDI, Qld
Acacia aulacocarpa (Brown salwood, Hickory wattle) James Cook University James Cook University James Cook University
Acacia aulacocarpa World Wide Wattle
Acacia aulacocarpa AgroForestryTree Database
Acacia aneura (Mulga) Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Acacia aneura Arizona State University Polytechnic
Mulga (Acacia aneura) Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Mulga (Acacia aneura) The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, South Australia
Acacia aneura AgroForestryTree Database
Acacia auriculiformis (Northern black wattle, Ear-pod wattle) James Cook University
Acacia auriculiformis Ecocrop database, FAO
Acacia auriculiformis AgroForestryTree Database
Acacia bidwillii - See Vachellia (below)
Acacia celsa (Hickory wattle) James Cook University
Acacia complanata Flat-stemmed wattle. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Acacia concurrens Black Wattle, Curracabah. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Acacia concurrens at the "A View from Yallaroo" website, NSW
Acacia craspedocarpa Arizona State University Polytechnic
Acacia crassicarpa (Thick-podded salwood) James Cook University
Acacia crassicarpa AgroForestryTree Database
Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle) Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Acacia deanei FloraBank
A new endemic Acacia (Acacia derwentiana) The Australian Plants Society - Tasmania Inc.
Acacia disparrima Hickory Wattle. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Acacia disparrima World Wide Wattle
Acacia falcata Sickle Wattle. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Acacia falcata at the "A View from Yallaroo" website, NSW
Rosewood (Acacia fasciculifera) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Acacia fasciculifera Rosewood, scaly bark, scrub ironbark. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Acacia fimbriata Brisbane Wattle. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Acacia fimbriata PlantNET, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney
Dwarf Fringed Wattle (Acacia fimbriata 'Nana') Grow Me Instead, Australia
Acacia flavescens (Red wattle, Yellow wattle) James Cook University
Acacia flavescens AgroForestryTree Database
Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) Dept of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland
Brigalow Belt Garden Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens (Acacia harpophylla)
Acacia holosericea (Silver-leaf wattle) James Cook University
Acacia holosericea Ecocrop database, FAO
Acacia holosericea AgroForestryTree Database
Acacia hubbardiana Cooloola Coastcare
Acacia irrorata Green Wattle, Blueskin. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Acacia latisepala Southern Downs Regional Council, Qld
The Red Wattle (Acacia leprosa "Scarlet Blaze") Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Acacia leptoloba (Irvinebank wattle) James Cook University
Acacia leptostachya (Townsville wattle) James Cook University
Sandhill wattle (Acacia ligulata) The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, South Australia
Acacia mangium (Hickory wattle) James Cook University
Acacia mangium AgroForestryTree Database
Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle, Late Black Wattle) Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
In appreciation of the common black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) The Australian Plants Society - Tasmania Inc.
Acacia mearnsii AgroForestryTree Database
Acacia melanoxylon Blackwood. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Acacia melanoxylon Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Acacia melanoxylon AgroForestryTree Database
Acacia pendula Arizona State University Polytechnic
Acacia penninervis Mountain Hickory. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Eprapah Wattle (Acacia perangusta) Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Bayside Branch
Acacia perangusta Eprapah Wattle. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Acacia perangusta (Eprapah Wattle) PDF document about the inclusion of this plant in Acacia fimbriata and the effect this has on its status as a threatened species. Department of Environment and Heritage
Acacia podalyriifolia silver wattle, Mt Morgan wattle. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Acacia podalyriifoliaSilver Wattle/Pearl Acacia Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Wyberba Wattle (Acacia pubifolia) Southern Downs Regional Council, Qld
Tropical Topics Newsletter, No. 71 Dec 2001. (reference to Acacia purpureipetala) Environmental Protection Agency, Qld Govt (PDF)
Acacia quadrilateralis Cooloola Coastcare
Acacia salicina FloraBank
Acacia salicina Arizona State University Polytechnic
The value of Acacia saligna as a source of fodder for ruminants Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation
Acacia saligna Arizona State University Polytechnic
Acacia saligna AgroForestryTree Database
Acacia simsii (Sim's wattle, Heathland wattle) James Cook University
Download: Coastal wattle (Acacia sophorae) factsheet download page Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland Govt.
Acacia stenophylla Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Acacia stenophylla A.Cunn. ex Benth. Water for a Healthy Country
Shoestring Acacia (Acacia stenophylla). Moody Demonstration Garden, Arizonia
Acacia stenophylla Arizona State University Polytechnic
Acacia ulicifolia Prickly Moses, Juniper Wattle. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane

Vachellia
Vachellia bidwillii Corkwood wattle (formerly Acacia bidwillii). James Cook University

Warning: collection, destruction, propagation, movement, sale or purchase of any Australian native plant (including seeds or spores) may be subject to laws and regulations. Be sure to check with appropriate authorities before engaging in these activities, even on private property. Other laws may also apply to the treatment and movement of plant or soil material (for example, to control the spread of weeds, pests and diseases.)


Older News

ALERT: Do you grow or plant wattles?

All Australians, especially anyone who grows or handles plants, should be aware of proposals from the federal government to expand the list of species to be banned or regulated due to alleged drug dangers. A range of plants including many common garden exotics and Australian natives, including many Acacia species could be off-limits. The website gardenfreedom.com provides more information on this issue, including how you can have your say. (2011)

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