Acacia genistifolia|Spreading Wattle

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Fast-growing, open shrub with ribbed yellow tips on new growth.
Size (W x H)
1-3m x 1-3m
Narrow prickly foliage 10-40mm x 1-3mm with central raised vein on either side, fine point on tip asymmetrical. Gland 2-4mm above base.
Scented ball-shaped flowerheads on slender stalks in groups of 2-4 per leaf axil, long flowering. Narrow, almost straight pods 5-11cm x 4-7mm, raised over seeds.
Flower colour
Light to lemon yellow
Flower time
February to October
Growing conditions
Will tolerate both wet and dry periods in clay or sandy soil in open forests. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi or dappled shade.
Commonly used for
Grows under established trees. Bird refuge, attracts seed-eating birds such as parrots.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory