Acacia oxycedrus – Spike Wattle

A useful and highly adaptable plant, the Spike Wattle is an interesting ornamental, and its dense,  prickly and bushy habit makes it highly functional as part of a windbreak or as a hedge to protect areas from animal or human intrusion. Produces rod-shaped, pale yellow blooms from winter through to late spring.
Acacia oxycedrus can be grown in a range of soil types, including in damp conditions, and is frost tolerant. Prefers full sun, although grows well in part sun and dappled shade as well.

Scientific Name:Acacia oxycedrus
Common Name:Wattle
Other Common Names:Spike Wattle
Plant Type:Small tree, Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 10 metres
Width:2 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Cold climate, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Street tree, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, 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.