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Acacia fimbriata (MIMOSACEAE) Brisbane Wattle, Fringed Wattle

Habit and foliage

Acacia fimbriata foliage
Photo: Robert Whyte

Fast growing, often crooked, profusely flowering wattle native to South East Queensland and Northern NSW. Good screen plant, gap filler. Hardy in most situations.

Usually a bushy shrub or small tree to 5m high with attractive, weeping light green foliage. New growth is paler, sometimes reddish. Acacia fimbriata is also known as Fringed Wattle because of the microscopic hairs along the phyllodes.


Acacia fimbriata
Photo: Robert Whyte

Yellow perfumed ball-shaped flowers appear in late winter and spring. Flowers 5-merous; sepals c. 3/4-united, often partially separating with age.


acacia fimbriata closeup fruit
Photo: Robert Whyte

Tolerates damp conditions, common in moist sites (good riparian species) and also in open eucalypt communities. Has been listed as a fire retardant species.

Roasted seed tastes like a combination of hazelnut, chocolate and coffee according to Gardening Australia's Colin Campbell.

Food source for Australian King Parrot and Crimson Rosella (seeds) and caterpillars of Imperial Hairstreak Butterfly (Jalmenus evagoras evagoras) (leaves). Medium pollen source for bees.


acacia fimbriata tubestock
Photo: Robert Whyte

In a reveg site, Brisbane Wattle responds well to being trimmed of lower branches, which concentrates growth in the canopy and makes it easier to prevent exotic suffocating vines from taking hold.

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