Peppertree wattle

Acacia elata
Peppertree wattle: Acacia elata Peppertree wattle: Acacia elata

Common name:

Peppertree wattle

Scientific name:

Acacia elata (Fabaceae)

Alternative common names:


A large, oval shaped evergreen tree up to 20m high, origination from Australia. Pale yellow or cream globe-shaped flowers flower heads in large sprays appear in October to December and produce 4-17cm long seed pods. Leaves are dark green and glossy. Peppertree wattle invades fynbos, forest clearings and urban open spaces.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    South-eastern Australia

    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 3 NEMBA – Category 1b

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Western Cape

    How does it spread?

    Seed dispersal

    Why is it a problem?

    It competes with and has the potential to replace and reduce indigenous species.

    What does it look like?

    Description: A large, oval shaped evergreen tree up to 20m high. Bark: Brownish-grey to blackish. Leaves: Dark green, small bipinnate glossy leaves. Flowers: Pale yellow or cream globular flower heads, in October-December. Fruit/seeds: Flat 4-17cm brown pods.

    Does the plant have any uses?


    Plant me instead alternatives

    Wild plum (Harpephyllum caffrum), wild peach (Kiggelaria africana)


    Cape Town Weed Alert - Peppertree wattle (Acacia elata) - Information brochure (3.8MB)