Acacia boormanii

Snowy River Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia boormanii, the Snowy River Wattle, develops into a medium, many-branched shrub that reaches a height of two metres in our cold climate garden.

Phyllodes are linear to narrow elliptic, up to 60 millimetres long, grey-green with a small gland near the base.

The inflorescence is composed of 5-10 flowers in globular heads, golden yellow and appears in spring. Pods are linear and up to ten centimetres long (see thumbnail).

In the garden

Acacia boormanii is a beautiful wattle. In spring plants are covered with blooms. The grey-green foliage provides a contrasting background to the flowers. Prune behind the flowers when they fade to keep plants bushy and blooming bounteously.

In our cold climate garden, some Snowy River Wattles sucker and have formed colourful clumps.


Propagate from seed and possibly cuttings. Seed needs to be soaked in boiling water before sowing.


Other information

The type specimen was collected by John Luke Boorman (hence the species name) in the Cooma region, southern NSW in 1913 and named by Joseph Maiden.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather