Brush Wattle

Also known as:
Acacia Lophantha, Shrub Wattle
West Australia

General description

Fast growing woody evergreen tree <5m high. Frond-like leaves divided into 20-40 pairs of leaflets giving a feathery appearance. Silky down on underside of leaflets. Greenish-yellow flowers (May-Aug) in bottlebrush-like heads. Long, flat, green pods containing hard-coated black seeds.

Slips, disturbed areas, banks, coastal sites.

Prolific seedlings.

Out-compete native species because of fast growth & long-term seed bank. Marginal pasture land may also be affected.

Site management

Check area regularly for seedlings due to the long life of seeds.

Recommended approaches

1. Hand pull seedlings.
2. Cut larger trees & stump paint (5g metsulfuron/ 1L).
3. Drill holes every 200mm and fill (250mls glyphosate/1L or 10mls triclopyr undiluted).

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

Similar species

acacia species
Acacia spp.

Brush wattle is similar to acacia species that have pinnate leaves.Control methods are more complex for acacia species.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
brush wattle - Main species image