Acacia schinoides

Green Cedar Wattle, Frosty Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia schinoides is an erect tree or shrub 10 m high and 7 m wide.

It is restricted to coastal central NSW, north-western Cumberland Plain, Hornsby Plateau and the Hunter River Valley (Lane Cove to Maitland) growing in deep shady gullies usually near creeks. It has naturalised into coastal Victoria.

Members John Arney and Dan Clarke have also observed it growing in the Kamay National Park (Kurnell) vegetation where it is assumed to be non-natural.

Leaves are bipinnate to about 20 cm long, to 15 cm wide with new leaves a bronze colour. Leaflets are up to 25 mm long to 5 mm wide.

Flowers occur in November to February and are round. Being a bipinnate wattle, it produces flowers in globular heads, to 10 mm in diameter. Each head can have up to 50 very small flowers. The heads are arranged in axillary panicles or racemes and a pale yellow colour.

This creates a showy display.

Seed pods are straight, flat to 16 cm long and to about 1.5 cm wide.

In the garden

It is a fast-growing tree in well-composted soil. It accepts full sun to heavy shade.

It has also been introduced into Kenya and Zimbabwe and it is cultivated there.

Acacias can suffer from a number of pests, including borers, scale, galls and leaf miners. Growing plants suitable to your local environment minimises these pests 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 likely regenerates from seed after fire.

Acacia – from Greek acis, a thorn.
schinoides – refers to the likeness of the compound foliage to that of the pepper tree (genus Schinus).

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


By Jeff Howes