Acacia fimbriata

Fringed Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia fimbriata is known as the Fringed Wattle because of the microscopic hairs along the phyllodes. The Fringed Wattle develops into a bushy shrub and if left unpruned will reach the height of a small tree, up to 7 metres. 

The phyllodes are thin, linear and light green. In spring plants are covered with pale yellow, perfumed flowers. Growth habit, foliage and flowers are all attractive features.

The species is widely cultivated and occurs naturally in eastern NSW and southern Queensland. It is also said to tolerant damp conditions.

In the garden

Acacia fimbriata has proved to be frost tolerant and drought resistant in our cold climate garden. 

We prune our specimens annually to keep them bushy, at tall shrub height and flowering profusely.

There are also attractive dwarf cultivars. One is known as ‘Crimson Blush’ and has bronze tipped foliage.


Propagate the ‘normal’ form from seed and cuttings. The dwarf forms must be propagated from cuttings to maintain the desirable growth habit.

Other information

The specimen chosen for the type was collected by Alan Cunningham in southern Queensland in 1832.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather