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Cootamundra Wattle

Cootamundra Wattle
Photo: Lorna Rose
Invasive Plant
Cootamundra Wattle
Acacia baileyana

This very popular Australian native garden wattle is invasive outside its natural region of south west NSW. It has fine silvery-grey feathery foliage and soft balls of golden-yellow flowers. This species can cause 'genetic pollution', being able to hybridise with other indigenous species, such as the endangered Downy Wattle (Acacia pubescens), putting it at further risk of extinction.



  • The seeds are carried by ants, small mammals and humans and are very long lived in the soil.
  • They have a high rate of germination especially after a bush fire or soil disturbance.

Avoid growing any weedy wattles. Visit your local garden centre or a specialist native plant nursery to source endemic, local wattle species.

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Alternative Plants

Leptospermum 'Copper Sheen'
Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Leptospermum 'Copper Sheen'
Leptospermum nitidum 'Copper Sheen'
Trees and Shrubs

This Australian native cultivar grows to 2 m high and wide. The young foliage is a bronzy-purple colour and the stems are reddish. In spring, fragrant creamish-yellow flowers with greenish centres smother the shrub and provide a 'snow topped' effect. Grows well in full-sun or semi-shade and will tolerate coastal conditions. Can be used as a hedge if pruned while still young.

Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Rhododendrons
Rhododendron hybrids and cultivars except R. ponticum
Trees and Shrubs

A visit to a Rhododendron garden in Tasmania is a gardener or travellers delight! With so many stunning spring/summer flowering cultivars to choose from, a visit to your local garden centre will reveal the locally recommended cultivars. Select from alpine rhododendrons with small leaves, wiry stems, and clusters of tiny flowers; shrub rhododendrons, including those up to 4.5 m high or tree rhododendrons with a single trunk and a large head of foliage.

Please note: Avoid growing the species Rhododendron ponticum as it is now invasive in similar climates around the world.

Rice's Wattle
Photo: Habitat Plants
Alternative Plant Rice's Wattle
Acacia riceana
Trees and Shrubs

This wattle is endemic to Tasmania and has proved adaptable in both coastal and tableland areas. This large shrub or small tree to 6 m high bears cream ball-shaped flowers profusely in spring. Extremely hardy, shade loving and will tolerate severe frosts.

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