Toothed Wattle

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Acacia flavescens

Family : Mimosaceae

The Toothed Wattle is a rounded canopy tree growing to about 10 metres. Leaves are dark green and usually glossy. The edges of the leaves are “toothed” or jagged with obvious glands, making it easy to distinguish.

The flowers are cream-white and ball shaped, usually in large clusters seen in the cooler months of June - July. Fruits are flat, leathery and slightly winged pods with several small black seeds. These appear in the late dry season.

These plants are fast growing and hardy. They will grow in most soils and like full sun. They are common understorey plants in beach scrub areas. It is attractive to several birds and insects, but particularly for hundreds of species of moths. This tree is an attractive, mid-sized tree for gardens with heavy soil, and can provide protection to smaller species.


Quick Facts

Flowers June to July
Fruit October to December
Coastal Zone 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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