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Binomial Name:  Acacia paramattensis


Common Name: Parramatta Wattle


Family:  FABACEAE 


Leaves: Dark green, bipinnate, with up to 16 pairs pinnae, narrowly oblong to 0.7cm long and 0.1cm wide


Stem/Trunk: Erect, slender, spreading branches, greenish and smooth or black or dark brown fissured bark, ridged branchlets


Flower: Pale to bright yellow balls to 0.7cm across, occurring in axillary or terminal panicles


Fruit: Dark brown to black pods to 11cm long and 0.8cm wide, leathery.


Flowering Period:  Summer and Winter


Height: 15 metres


Width:  3 metre canopy


Habit:  Slender tree


Aspect:  Full sun, morning sun, grows well in filtered light under gum tree species


Soil Type:  Clay to sandy soils 


Soil pH:  5.5. to 6.5


Fertiliser Treatment: Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benenfits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch. Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug


Mulch:  Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness


Root System:  Contained. Not invasive


Drought Tolerant:  Once established


Frost Tolerant:  Yes


Salt Wind Tolerant:  Yes


Fire Response:  Yes. Recovers from being burnt with cool ground fires


Host Requred:  No


Fast Growing:  Yes 


Gardens:  Native gardens


Natural Occurrence:  Sydney Green Wattle is a widespread species and occurs on the Central Coast and tablelands as well as the central west slopes of New South Wales. It occurs in western Sydney, named after the suburb Parramatta


Known Plant Associations:  Eucalyptus tereticornis, Angophora floribunda, Syncarpia glomulifera, Eucalyptus saligna, Eucalyptus dalrympleana, Acacia floribunda, Acacia binervia, Acacia decurrens


Known Fauna Associations:  Seed eaten by bronzewing pigeon


Other Information:  Many cultural uses are ascribed to this plant species. Confused with Acacia decurrens which has similar leaves but glossy green in colour

Acacia paramattensis (Parramatta Wattle)