Acacia fulva

Velvet Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia fulva grows as a shrub or tree to 15 m tall, with smooth bark. It has a limited distribution and considered rare, with few records databased, near the Gloucester Bucketts, to Mt Yengo in Howes Valley, near the junction of the Central Coast and North Coast subdivisions, of NSW.

Leaves are compound-bipinnate (jacaranda-type), to about 8 cm long; and have a silvery-grey colour due to the presence of hairs, on the upper and lower surface. Each pinnule (leaflet) is oblong-elliptic to 1 cm long.

Flowers are first produced in globular heads, to about 8 mm diameter, with up to 40 very small staminate flowers per head, bright yellow.
The heads are arranged in axillary and terminal panicles or racemes, chiefly in winter.

Seed pods straight to curved, to 12 cm long, and about 0.6 cm wide.

In the garden

It is known to be cultivated (see references) and is reported to be an attractive plant and useful as a shelter tree. Give extra water in dry periods. Foliage has a beautiful velvet texture and reddish-brown growth.

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 suckering from the basal areas

Acacia – from Greek acis, meaning a thorn or “thorny”.
fulva – Latin for yellow, usually a term that means “deep yellow, reddish-yellow, or golden”, which pertains to the attractive reddish-brown colour of the new growth.

Not considered to be at risk in the wild – but it is rare.


By Dan Clarke