Acacia fulva – Velvet Wattle

The Velvet or Soft Wattle, so named for its velvety young leaf tips and seed pods, grows to a beautiful small tree that will provide flowers in the garden through autumn and winter. Great as a shelter tree around houses and in parks, it will need extra water in periods of dryness, but is reasonably tolerant of cold. A rare wattle from Gloucester to Mt Yengo in NSW.

Family:Fabaceae
Scientific Name:Acacia fulva
Common Name:Wattle
Other Common Names:Velvet Wattle, Soft Wattle
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree, Large shrub
Height:3 ~ 15 metres
Width:2 ~ 8 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny
Planting Season:All year
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial, Short lived
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

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.