Australian Native Plants

  Acacia floribunda (White Sallow Wattle)

Acacia floribunda photo
A moderate close-up of the flowers and foliage of the Sallow Wattle (Acacia floribunda).

Photograph by Hortiphoto. 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 floribunda in Australia

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

Common Name
White Sallow Wattle

Other Names
Catkin wattle, Gossamer wattle, River wattle, Sally wattle, White Sally wattle

The White Sallow Wattle (Acacia floribunda) is an erect or spreading shrub or tree, growing to 3 m to 7 m tall. The bark is smooth and grey with lighter streaks or mottling. The phyllodes are long and narrow, and grow 5 cm to 15 cm in length and 2 mm to 10 mm wide. The phyllodes have one to four veins running along the length The flowers are pale yellow or cream coloured and produced in early spring from August to September. Flower clusters are produced from the phyllode axils, with cylindrical flower heads 3 cm to 8 cm long. The seed pods are straight to strongly curved, and about 6 cm to 12 cm long and 2 mm to 4 mm wide.

coastal eucalypt woodland, eucalypt forest, and along watercourses.

The White Sallow Wattle is native to the coastal and sub-coastal districts of eastern Australia from south-eastern Queensland to eastern Victoria. It has naturalised in the southern parts of central and western Victoria. It is also naturalised in south-western Western Australia, in south-eastern South Australia and in Tasmania.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 4 - 7
Spread (m): 4 - 6
Soil Texture: loam, clay
Soil pH: soils with pH less than 8
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 550
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: winter, spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed-eating birds

Common Name:White Sallow Wattle

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