Pepper tree wattle

Acacia elata
Pepper tree wattle | Acacia elata
   
Pepper tree wattle | Acacia elata
   
Pepper tree wattle | Acacia elata
   
Pepper tree wattle | Acacia elata
   
Pepper tree wattle | Acacia elata
   
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Common Name:

Pepper tree wattle

Botanical name:

Acacia elata

Legal Status:

NEMBA Category 1b

A large, oval shaped thornless evergreen tree 12-18m tall, native to Australia. Pale yellow or cream globular flower heads appear in panicles from October to December and trees produce 4-17cm long seed pods which are more or less flat and straight-sided, or slightly constricted between seeds.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    Native to the coastal and tableland districts of central and northern New South Wales of Australia, but has also naturalised to the West Coast (Perth). Global spread now include South Africa, New Zealand and the USA (California).

    Why is it a problem?

    Acacia elata is a fast growing, profusely seeding, long lived species invading mostly urban open spaces, roadsides, fynbos and forest clearings. Competes with and replaces indigenous species, reducing species richness and diversity.

    Means of reproduction?

    Seed is spread via ants, birds, wind and water, as well as garden waste and contaminated soil transportation.

    Resources

    For more information:  Invasive Species South Africa - Acacia elata

    City of Cape Town Invasive Species ID Kit - Click here to download a z-folder pamphlet on  Acacia elata

     

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