Acacia saliciformis

Willow wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

A large shrub growing to 7 m tall in wet and dry sclerophyll forest, in gravelly, sandy and clay loam soils. It is found in parts of NSW from Bilpin in the south to around Bulga in the north, and possibly also growing in the Budawang Ranges.

Acacia saliciformis has pendulous young branchlets with reddish coloured new growth. The phyllodes (resembling leaves) are thin grey-green with a lanceolate shape, to 12 cm long and to 1.5 cm wide.

Flowers are produced in globular heads, containing up to 45 pale yellow to creamy white flowers. The heads are arranged in axillary racemes to about 10 cm long. Flowering occurs between April and September.

The pods have a broadly linear to narrowly oblong shape, up to 12 cm long to about 2 cm wide, dark brown to black.

In the garden

This plant is an attractive small tree with smooth, greyish bark and a weeping habit. It has red new growth in spring.

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

It is related to Acacia mabellae which usually has yellow-hairy peduncles.

It likely regenerates from seed after fire.

Acacia – from Greek acis, a thorn.
saliciformis – refers to its pendulous, willow-like habit. Salix is the willow genus.

Not known to be at risk in the wild. Although its range is limited.


By Jeff Howes