Acacia aulacocarpa – Brown Salwood Wattle

This Acacia grows to a small or medium tree, and flowers quite abundantly with rod-shaped flowers appearing from late summer to mid-winter. It grows naturally in open forest and can also be found in rainforest where it can grow significantly higher. Not seen so much in cultivation, it is nonetheless a useful forest or screening tree and produces timber that can be used in cabinet work and for a variety of other purposes.
The roots also fix nitrogen in soil, making it a great plant for reforestation of poor soils.
There are also two interesting varieties:
var. macrocarpa Benth. – occurs in Qld and NT, flowers very prolifically.

var. fruticosa C. T. White – smaller and more shrub-like, it can be found on slopes of the Glasshouse Mountains in Qld at approximately 300m altitude, and bears rich orange-coloured flowers in early autumn.

Scientific Name:Acacia aulacocarpa
Common Name:Wattle
Other Common Names:Brown Salwood, Hickory Wattle
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:6 ~ 20 metres
Width:7 ~ 10 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Other insects






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.