Australian Native Plants

  Acacia colei (Cole's Wattle)

Acacia colei photo
Acacia colei habit

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Acacia colei photo
Acacia colei flowers and foliage

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)


distribution map showing range of Acacia colei in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

Common Name
Cole's Wattle

Other Names
Soap Wattle, Soap Bush

Cole's Wattle is a shrub that grows from 2 m to 4 m, sometimes growing as a tree to about 9 m. The phyllodes are grey green in colour and narrow elliptical in shape, growing about 10 cm to 20 cm in length and about 1 cm to 5 cm wide. New growth has pale yellow brown hairs, becoming silvery as it matures. The golden yellow flower spikes are about 5 cm long. The seed pods are curved and twisted. When the unripe pods are crushed up, wetted and rubbed between hands they produce a soap-like lather that can be used to clean hands. The oblong seeds are shiny brown or black with a yellow aril, and are about 4 mm long.

It is found in a variety of habitats including hills, ridges, sandplains, floodplains growing in sandy, stony and clay soils.

Cole's Wattle is found throughout northern Australia from Western Australia, through the Northern Territory to western Queensland.. It is also found in parts of southern Asia.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 2m - 4m
Spread: 3m - 5m

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed-eating birds

Common Name:Cole's Wattle

Relatives in same Genus
  Acacia acanthoclada
  Acacia acinacea
  Acacia acradenia
  Acacia aculeatissima
  Acacia alata
  Acacia amblygona
  Acacia amoena
  Acacia aneura
  Acacia aulacocarpa
  Acacia auriculiformis
  Acacia baileyana
  Acacia beckleri
  Acacia boormanii
  Acacia brachybotrya
  Acacia brachystachya
  Acacia buxifolia
  Acacia caesiella
  Acacia calamifolia
  Acacia cardiophylla
  Acacia chrysocephala
  Acacia cognata
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