Acacia hakeoides

Hakea-leaf Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia hakeoides is a shrub or potentially a tree reaching 6 m tall.

Widespread plant, mainly in inland areas of NSW (tablelands to far western plains) as well as Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and into Western Australia. Grows in open forest, woodland and mallee areas, in sandy soils and clay loams.

Phyllodes (modified leaves) narrowly oblanceolate straight to slightly curved,
to 12 cm long and about 1 cm wide.

Flowers are produced in globular heads with each head having up to 30 flowers, to 6 mm diameter. Heads are arranged in racemes with up to 12 heads per raceme, emerging from leaf axils; bright yellow, in winter and spring.

Pods are straight or twisted, to 12 cm long and 0.7 cm wide.

In the garden

Very hardy, fast growing plant in most soils and is frost resistant. Can sucker if roots disturbed.

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. Known to sucker from roots.

Acacia – from Greek akis, meaning a thorn or “thorny”.
hakeoides – refers to the likeness of the phyllodes to the leaves of some Hakea species.

Not considered to be at risk in the wild.


By Jeff Howes