Acacia verniciflua

Varnish Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

A variable shrub growing to 4 m high; generally erect and sparsely branched. Grows in dry sclerophyll forest in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. In NSW, it is mainly found on the tablelands and western slopes.

It is a very variable species.

Phyllodes are a range of shapes and can vary from 2 to 12 cm long, and to 2.5 cm wide and are usually shiny or viscid-resinous

Flowers are produced in globular heads in the leaf axils; pale yellow to bright yellow and appear from July to November.

The pods are up to 10 cm long and unconstricted.

In the garden

A hardy plant in cultivation and grows best in full sun in reasonably well drained positions in most soils.

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

Seeds and pods are an Aboriginal food source.

Regenerates from seed after fire.

Acacia from Greek meaning acis, a thorn.
verniciflua means flowering with resinous material (vernis – Old English for varnish and flua – Latin for flowing) referring to the viscid phyllodes having a varnished appearance, which is more noticeable in fresh material than dried specimens.

Not known to be at risk in the wild.


By Jeff Howes