Acacia elata: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is known as the Cedar Wattle. This name refers to the tall tree-like habit. Acacia elata does become a tall tree that may reach a height of 20 metres.
The bark is thick and dark brown. The leaves are bipinnate (often called “ferny foliage”). The image shows this leaf arrangement. The pinnules (leaflets) are probably the largest pinnules of any Australian Wattles and give this species a distinctive appearance.
Flower heads are globular, in long racemes or panicles and pale yellow. Flowering occurs between December and March.
Acacia elata is a native of the central and southern coast and ranges of New South Wales. The species is found in shady gullies and rainforest margins. The specimen illustrated was growing in a sheltered gully near Mittagong, south of Sydney. The Cedar Wattle has become naturalised in some areas of Victoria.
Cedar Wattle is probably too large for suburban gardens but would be at home in rural properties as well as public parks and gardens.
Be aware that young plants are frost tender and may be severely damaged. For this reason we have not included Acacia elata in our Wattle collection.
Propagate from seed that must be treated with boiling water before sowing.