Green wattle

Green wattle

Acacia decurrens (Fabaceae)

Common Name:

Green wattle

Scientific Name:

Acacia decurrens (Fabaceae)


Alternative common names:

Groenwattel

Description:

A large evergreen tree 5-10m high with bright green feathery leaves origination from Australia. Bright yellow round flower heads in large, showy, fragrant sprays appear in July to August and produce dark brown seed pods. 

Additional Information


Where does this species come from?

South-eastern Australia.

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 2 NEMBA 2020 - Category 2

Where does this species come from?

South-eastern Australia.

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal

Why is it a problem?

Green wattle spreads and invades the grasslands, reducing the grazing area for animals. It competes with and replaces indigenous grassland and riverine animals.

What does it look like?

General description: A large evergreen tree 5-10m high with bright green feathery leaves.
Leaves: Bright green, long feathery leaflets.
Flowers: From July to August, bright yellow round flower heads in large, showy fragrant sprays.
Fruit/seeds: Dark brown pods.

Does the plant have any uses?

Cultivated as an ornamental as well as firewood and construction poles.

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