Acacia longifolia

Sydney Golden Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia longifolia is commonly known as the Sydney Golden Wattle, and is a tall shrub or small tree that may reach a height of seven metres.

The phyllodes are flat, up to 18 centimetres long, three centimetres wide with several longitudinal veins and a small gland near the base.

Bright flowers are carried in spikes with a pair of spikes at the base of each phyllode. In late winter and spring the blooms are both conspicuous and profuse. Straight or curved pods follow the flowers and hold many seeds.

Acacia longifolia is a beautiful wattle with a wide distribution and is found in coastal districts from Queensland to northeast Victoria. Populations also extend into the Northern Tablelands of NSW.

In the garden

Acacia longifolia is a beautiful wattle with a wide distribution and is found in coastal districts from Queensland to northeast Victoria. Populations also extend into the Northern Tablelands of NSW.

Propagation

Propagate from seed that should be treated with boiling water before sowing.

Other information

We have fond memories of Acacia longifolia. This was the first wattle that we grew in our first garden in Glenbrook, NSW over 50 years ago. We still cultivate this hardy, colourful species in our cold climate garden.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather