Common name:Peppertree wattle
Scientific name:Acacia elata (Fabaceae)
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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.
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?Ornamental
Plant me instead alternatives
Wild plum (Harpephyllum caffrum), wild peach (Kiggelaria africana)
Cape Town Weed Alert - Peppertree wattle (Acacia elata) - Information brochure (3.8MB)