Australian Native Plants

  Acacia howittii (Sticky Wattle)

Acacia howittii photo
Acacia howittii, Maranoa Gardens, Balwyn, Victoria

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Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Acacia howittii in Australia

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

Common Name
Sticky Wattle

Other Names
Howitt's wattle

Sticky Wattle is a graceful erect or spreading shrub or tree growing from 3 m to 9 m tall. A prostrate form is also cultivated. The dark green phyllodes are narrow elliptical in shape, about 2 cm long and 5 mm wide with 2 or 3 prominent veins. It flowers in spring in October, producing a profusion of pale-yellow flowers. The flower heads are globular and appear in the leaf axils. The seed pods grow up to 6 cm long and 5 mm wide.

moist forests, dry sclerophyll forests

The natural range is part of the southern Gippsland hills in Victoria. It has naturalised in bushland in south-eastern Australia in southern New south Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 4 - 8
Spread (m): 3 - 6
Soil Texture: loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 450
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed-eating birds

Common Name:Sticky Wattle

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