Acacia cognata – Narrow-Leaf Bower Wattle

A fast growing native to south-eastern Australia, this wattle with pendulous branches and beautiful weeping habit grows to the size of a large shrub or small tree depending on landscape and climate. Fluffy yellow, ball-shaped flowers are produced in spring.

Typically the tree grows to a height of between 0.6m and 10m  and has an erect to spreading habit. It has smooth, grey or grey-brown coloured bark on the trunk and larger branches. Branchlets have low, longitudinal, green- to brown-coloured ridges that alternate with sticky resinous bands. The green linear to narrowly elliptic phyllodes are slightly curved and have a length of 4cm to 10 cm and a width 1mm to 3.5mm. The sparsely hairy to glabrous phyllodes have ciliate margins with three main longitudinal veins. The pale yellow globular flower-heads have a diameter of 3mm to 6 mm and contain 10 to 25 flowers which appear singly or in pairs in the leaf axils between July and October in the species’ native range.

The papery, straight, flat seed pods are slightly raised over seeds with a length of 3cm to 10cm and a width of 2 to 4 mm (0.079 to 0.157 in).

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