Beach wattle

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Acacia crassicarpa

Family : Mimosaceae

The Beach Wattle is a medium sized, spreading tree growing to about 10 metres. It has greyish green sickleshaped leaves with prominent yellow, parallel veins,making the leaves very distinctive and quite beautiful. The bark is dark brown and deeply furrowed.

This tree is found in a variety of soils including sand. It enjoys full and partial sun and is tolerant to salt. It can be found in most areas along the coastal plain, generally from the dune crest back.

The Beach Wattle has yellow flowers that occur in clusters with five smooth petals. It has a brown pod that splits to release several small seeds. This tree is a great pioneer plant as it grows quickly and fixes essential nutrients into the soil, however it normally only lives for 10 – 12 years.


Quick Facts

Flowers June to September
Fruit September to December
Coastal Zone Dune Crest - Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds, Moths and Insects
Growth Habit Tree
Typical Height <10m
Soils Most Soils
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Dry or Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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