Acacia cremiflora

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia cremiflora is a small to large shrub, often about 1 metre in height but sometimes to 2 metres.

It is found naturally only in NSW, on the central western slopes and tablelands of NSW with some records in the Central Coast subdivision around Yerranderie.

It grows in gravelly clay or sandy loam soils, in woodlands and woodland-grassland.

Australian Wattles at least, can be broadly placed into 1 of 3 recognisable groups:

  • Group 1: Those that produce juvenile compound-bipinnate leaves and then change to producing adult-phyllodes which are modified-flattened petioles which form the foliage. This is combined with flowers produced in globular balls or heads (or ovoid heads). The heads can be singular in leaf/phyllode axils or arranged in groups.
  • Group 2: As for Group 1 but flowers are produced in longer rod-like spikes.
  • Group 3: Those that never produce phyllodes and retain the juvenile compound-bipinnate foliage into adulthood. These always produce flowers in globular balls (which are secondarily arranged into panicle or raceme-like groups in many cases).

This wattle belongs to Group 1.

The phyllodes (modified leaves) are elliptic, to 2 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, light to dark grey-green or green, with a short mucro (point).

Like many wattles, globular flower-heads are produced which can have about 25-30 tiny staminate flowers in each head, pale yellow to cream coloured. These heads are to 8 mm across and are produced singularly in the leaf axils

Seed pods are straight to curved about 10 cm long and 3 cm wide.

In the garden

Not much is currently known about its cultivation potential. It is an attractive wattle and would be a nice plant in a garden.

It is found naturally on clay-loams to sandy-loam soils, so may be tolerant of a range of soil types.

Acacias can suffer from a number of pests, including borers, scale, galls and leaf miners. Growing plants suitable to your local environment minimises these occurring.


Propagation is easy from scarified seed by covering with boiling water for 24 hours and discarding any seeds still floating on the surface.

Other information

Most wattles regenerate from seed after fire with some species exhibiting suckering from the base.

Acacia is a highly diverse genus, with over 1500 recognised species (placing it in the top-10 most-diverse plant genera) occurring in most continents except for Europe. Australia has about 970 spp., most of which are endemic. There are also about 10 exotic species. NSW has about 235 recognised species. Some species have become weeds in other states outside of their natural range (eg: wattles from Western Australia into NSW and vice versa).

Acacia – from Greek Akakia – which refers to an Ancient Greek preparation made from one of the many species; the name of which derives from akis, meaning “thorn” – referring to the thorns of species in Africa.

cremiflora – Latin meaning “cream” from the Greek krema (kρέμα) and flora – “flowers” referring to the cream-coloured flowers/inflorescences.

This species is not considered to be at risk of extinction in the wild.

Wattle – Acacias of Australia – Acacia cremiflora profile page https://apps.lucidcentral.org/wattle/text/entities/acacia_cremiflora.htm

NSW Flora Online (PlantNET) – Acacia cremiflora profile page                https://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=wattle&lvl=sp&name=Acacia~cremiflora

By Dan Clarke