Australian Native Plants

  Acacia verniciflua (Varnish Wattle)

Acacia verniciflua photo
Acacia verniciflua flowers and foliage

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Acacia verniciflua photo
Acacia verniciflua (Varnish Wattle), Moora Track, Grampians National Park, Victoria

Photograph by Rexness from Melbourne. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

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 verniciflua in Australia

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

Common Name
Varnish Wattle

Varnish Wattle is a shrub or small tree that grows from 1 m to 4 m high. The phyllodes are variable in shape from very narrow to lance-shaped to oblong, and grow to 2 cm to 9 cm long and up to 15 mm wide. Pale-yellow flowers are produced in winter and spring between July and November. The flower heads are spherical. The seed pods grow up to 10 cm long. The seeds are shiny black.

Eucalyptus woodland

Varnish Wattle is found in in eastern New South Wales, Victoria, south east Queensland, near Adelaide in South Australia, eastern Tasmania.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 3 - 5
Spread (m): 3 - 5
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: soils with pH less than 8
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 450
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: winter, spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attract seed-eating birds and insect-eating birds

Common Name:Varnish Wattle

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