Acacia saligna

Photo credit: Ron Vanderhoff

Synonyms: Acacia cyanophylla, Acacia bracteata, Acacia lindleyi, Mimosa saligna, Racosperma salignum

Common names: Orange wattle

Acacia saligna (golden wreath wattle, orange wattle) is a shrubby tree in the pea family (Fabaceae) that is native to Australia. It is grown as an ornamental and has become naturalized in coastal and southern California as well as in other Mediterranean climates in South Africa, parts of southern Europe, and where it is not native in southeastern Australia. Orange wattle has long (7-21 cm), thin leaves (each with a prominant midvein) that differentiate it from other Acacia species. Flowers are arranged in racemes consisting of 2-8 heads each. Seed pods are narrow, straight, and not hairy. Plants can reproduce vegetatively and produce copious amounts of seed.  Its dense canopy can shade out other plants. Wildfire favors its spread by promoting regrowth and germination.


Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

Cal-IPC Assessment

Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

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Other Acacia saligna Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - See the distribution of this species on Calflora's map of California.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
  • The Plant List - Global taxonomic resource and collaborative clearinghouse from Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Missouri Botanic Garden and others.
  • GBIF - Global distribution information.
  • Additional photos

    Photo credit: Ron Vanderhoff
    Mature leaves. Photo credit: Ron Vanderhoff