Acacia terminalis – Sunshine Wattle

This Acacia makes an excellent choice for the flower garden, as it has an unusually long flowering time through the colder months. It is well named, as it brings a bit of sunshine to gardens in the cooler months.  Native to the eastern states of Australia, it grows to a shrub or small tree with an open habit and will grow easily in a range of conditions. Flower colour varies considerably, from very pale to vibrant yellow.
It is a low maintenance plant, likes a sunny and fairly well drained position, and can adapt to most soils. Can be pruned to promote a denser habit. A good pioneer plant for new gardens as it grows quickly and gives some shelter to your slower growing shrubs and trees.


Scientific Name:Acacia terminalis
Common Name:Wattle
Plant Type:Small tree, Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 6 metres
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:Cream, Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light 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:Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Street tree, Erosion control, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, 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


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


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.