Sydney Golden Wattle

Also known as:
Racosperma Longifolium
South eastern Australia

General description

Quick growing perennial shrub or small tree (<10m in height), Leaves reduced to phyllodes, narrowly elliptic in shape (13 x 2 cm), 2 prominent veins. Spike of pale to golden yellow flowers. Seed pod <12 x 0.4 cm.

Tolerates frost, extended dry periods and salt spray, inhabits shrubland, coastal and sandy areas, dry banks and river beds.

Huge quantities of seeds are produced, dispersed locally by wind and gravity. Seeds viable for up to 50 years.

Observed naturalising over large areas of coastal Northland and on Great Barrier Island.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. This species is included because it is one of the species to be researched in the 2007-2012 Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy.
2. Hand pull seedlings minimising soil disturbance.
3. Make cuts at 100ml spacings around the base of tree & fill each cut with 5ml triclopyr undiluted.
4. Ringbark trees; ensure danger to public from falling branches is minimised. Paint ringbarked area immediately with herbicide (50ml triclopyr/1L or 50ml Tordon BK/1L).
5. Where trees have been felled, paint stump (50ml triclopyr/1L or 50ml Tordon BK/1L).
6. Spray where appropriate, spring - summer, (5g metsulfuron + 10ml penetrant/10L water or 60ml Tordon BK+10ml penetrant/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Species to be researched (not a Pest Plant) - Whole Region
Sydney golden wattle - Main species image