Peppertree wattle | Acacia elata (Fabaceae)

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A large, oval shaped evergreen tree up to 20m high, origination from Australia. Pale yellow or cream globe-shaped flowers flower heads in large sprays appear in October to December and produce 4-17cm long seed pods. Leaves are dark green and glossy. Peppertree wattle invades fynbos, forest clearings and urban open spaces.


Additional Info

    • Common name Peppertree wattle
    • Scientific name Acacia elata (Fabaceae)
    • Alternative common names


    • Where does this species come from? South-eastern Australia

    • What is its invasive status in South Africa? Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 3 NEMBA – Category 1b
    • Where in South Africa is it a problem? Western Cape

  • How does it spread? Seed dispersal
  • Why is it a problem? It competes with and has the potential to replace and reduce indigenous species.
  • What does it look like? Description: A large, oval shaped evergreen tree up to 20m high. Bark: Brownish-grey to blackish. Leaves: Dark green, small bipinnate glossy leaves. Flowers: Pale yellow or cream globular flower heads, in October-December. Fruit/seeds: Flat 4-17cm brown pods.
  • Does the plant have any uses? Ornamental
  • Plant me instead alternatives Wild plum (Harpephyllum caffrum), wild peach (Kiggelaria africana)