Generally a low-growing species, Acacia cardiophylla is commonly known as the Wyalong Wattle. Attractive yellow flowers and fine feathery foliage make this a useful low-care landscaping plant.
It is a variable species and can reach up to 4m in height depending on the form.
The form ‘Gold Lace’ seems to be the most reliable for use as a low-growing form, reaching less than 0.5m in most situations.
Evergreen and naturally spreading, it is a plant with a natural weeping habit that seems always wider than it is tall.
Growing well in full sun and coping well with dry conditions, this is a tough and hardy plant for native gardens and broader landscaping uses alike.
When in flower from spring through to summer, this is a great plant for attracting bees, birds and butterflies to the garden. The taller forms also act as habitat plants.
How to Grow Wyalong Wattle
Best grown in an open sunny position in well-drained soil. Once established, this is a drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plant.
Fertiliser is not often needed as the plant copes with poor soils. A little slow-release native plant fertiliser can be used in spring if desired.
- Botanical name – Acacia cardiophylla
- Family – Fabaceae
- Common name – Wyalong Wattle
- Height – 0.5m to 3m, depending on the variety
- Spread – To a width of 2m, depending on conditions
- Position – Full sun to a little shade
- Soil – Well-drained sandy loam to well-drained loamy clay
- Climate – Cool temperate to warm temperate
- Flowers – Golden yellow
- Flowering time – Late winter to spring
- Foliage – Evergreen and a mid to deep green
- Frost tolerance – Medium to light frosts
- Drought tolerant – Yes, once established