Acacia longifolia: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is known as the Sydney Golden Wattle.
Acacia longifolia is a tall shrub or small tree that may reach a hight of seven metres.
The phyllodes (leaf-like structures) are obovate or elliptic and may be up to 18 centimetres long and 35 millimetres wide. A small gland is situated just above the base of each phyllode.
Bright yellow flowers are carried in spikes. Two flower spikes are carries at the base of each phyllode. Flowering occurs between late winter and early spring.
Note the bud spikes at the phyllode bases.
Acacia longifolia occurs in coastal districts from Queensland to north-east Victoria. There are also populations on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. Sydney Golden Wattle has become naturalised in parts of South Australia and Tasmania. The species is also cultivated in the USA.
We have fond memories of Acacia longifolia. It was the first Wattle that we cultivated in our first garden in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.
Propagate from seed, which must be soaked in boiling water prior to sowing, and probably cuttings.