Acacia sophorae or Coastal Wattle is another ‘bush food from Tasmania. Both the seeds and leaves are said to be edible. This is a long growing spreading plant that has adapted to the wind of coastal conditions. The full botanical name is Acacia longifolia subsp. sophorae however it is better known by the abbreviation and its common name.
Reaching only around 3m in height is grows naturally from Queensland around the coast to South Australia. The height is variable, in cultivation, away from the poor coastal soils and winds, it will grow taller, easily reaching 4 -5 m in ideal conditions.
Acacia sophorae is widely used for land reclamation and erosion control in coastal areas. It also makes a good small tree in coastal areas. Suited for use as hedge in these areas as well as it can be pruned a little each year to maintain a bushy habit.
In a coastal garden it will attract butterflies and bees when in flower.
Acacia sophorae Summary Information
This is a very tough and hardy plant that tolerates wind, salt and dry conditions. It will grow in poor sandy soils, excellent as a front line plant in coastal revegetation.
- Height – Variable, from 3m when found close to the coast to 5m further inland.
- Spread – Variable, low and spreading to 4m near the coast, more upright inland.
- Growth rate – Fast.
- Position – Full sun.
- Soil – Well drained.
- Flowers Small yellow appearing as rods, followed by seed pods.
- Flowering period – spring.
- Foliage – Mid to deep green, with a dense habit.
Before eating bush foods check with an expert source to confirm species and toxic potential.
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