Armidale District

'Flowers' are actually groups of single flowers in a HEAD.
Each ovary elongates to make a legume or 'pod'.

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APS Armidale Fact Sheet - Acacia implexa

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Warren Sheather

Acacia implexa, the Hickory Wattle, is a small tree with greyish bark and sickle-shaped phyllodes (branches that are modified to look like leaves) that are up to 20 centimetres long.

A_implexa plant

Crimson Rosellas are partial to its ripening seeds.

flower heads
flower heads

The globular flower heads are held in racemes and are cream to pale yellow in colour.
The principal flowering period is from early to mid summer. Sporadic flowering also occurs at other times.


Acacia implexa is a versatile plant. The phyllodes have been used for dyeing cloth, the bark for tanning leather and the wood for furniture and tool handles.
Hickory Wattle also produces excellent firewood.

The main flowering period for the Hickory Wattle is after most wattles have finished. This species extends the spring feel to the garden.
Acacia implexa is widely distributed on the Northern Tablelands and is also found on the coast and ranges from Queensland to Victoria. There is also a population on King Island in Bass Strait.
The type specimen was collected, in the ravines of the Shoalhaven River, in the mid 1800's by Allan Cunningham.

Acacia implexa could be grown as a specimen plant, in windbreaks and would also make a decorative addition to a woodlot.
Propagate the Hickory Wattle from seed which should be treated with boiling water before sowing.