Earleaf Acacia, Ear-pod Wattle, Papuan Wattle, Auri, Northern Black Wattle
Acacia auriculiformis

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Acacia (a-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: auriculiformis

Category:

Perennials

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Bronze-Green

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
4
negatives
RatingContent
Negative

On Jan 19, 2010, WJStickel from Cape Coral, FL wrote:

This weedy tree was planted near a utility pole by the previous owner and it is a mess now! When it was younger it looked nice, sort of like a weeping willow, but as it matured it wants to fill every possible space with its leaves and limbs. It does give great shade, but at a huge cost. It robs water from everywhere. The leaves fall year round and don't want to decompose. Lots of big grained pollen in the spring and squishy green seed pods that will dry out and harden, but never soon enough. Although I haven't seen that much seeding in the lawn, I can definately understand why it was placed on the "invasive" list by FLEPPC.

Positive

On Feb 14, 2009, tropicbreeze from noonamah
Australia wrote:

I have dozens of these on my place and really like them. They're pioneer plants and are a good fast growing cover for more sensitive ones, great for establishing a 'rainforest'. Their leaves make great mulch, the best pineapples I've grown were in Black Wattle leaf mulch.

I've friends who say the best Mangosteens in their orchard are those growing amongst the Black Wattles.

They can be invasive but not nearly as much as African Mahogany (Khaya senegalensis). They don't germinate in deep shade, whereas mahoganys germinate anywhere from deep shade to full sun. And they aren't the 'widow makers' that the mahoganys can be.

They can grow waterlogged for nearly half the year in the wet season. They're one of the longer lived acacias.

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Neutral

On Aug 10, 2008, fauna4flora from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:

Although a weedy tree (it spreads, but not hard to keep up with compared to other species like Brazilian pepper), one interesting botanical feature is that from a seed, this plant produces four first sets of leaves that are each shaped differently.

Neutral

On Feb 3, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. It is "(n)ative to the savannas of New Guinea, islands of the Torres Strait, and northern Australia, it has been widely introduced, e.g. in Fiji, India, Indonesia, Java, Malaysia, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Tanzania, Thailand, the Soloman Islands, Uganda, and Zanzibar." Source: James A. Duke. 1983. Handbook of Energy Crops. unpublished. earpod wattle is an introduced native plant in Florida and is on the invasive plant list (Category I). It is found in Maui in small populations and probably on the other Hawaiian Islands; however, eradication methods are being recommended to prevent it from naturalizing.

The wood is used for making farm tools and furniture as well as used for fuel wood.

"The plant is amazing in its ability to re... read more

Negative

On Jan 30, 2005, arielsadmirer from Margate, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I had one in my backyard. Thank goodness it is gone!

It is one of the messiest trees around.

First, the leaves are big and don't break down easily.

Second, when in bloom, big grains of pollen fall everywhere. If you are sipping iced tea underneath it, enjoying the shade of this tree, big grains of pollen fall into your drink.

Third, it has big, gnarly seed pods. When ripening, they do make a neat crackling sound as they curl, this is one neat thing about this tree. When the pods open they spit seeds everywhere! And then THEY fall, everywhere! They are big. They hurt to walk on. They do not rake easily, either.

It is now over 2 years since the tree is gone, and I am still pulling up seedlings.

Negative

On Nov 5, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I donated some photos of this tree because it's a hard one to find any photos for online.

These are really unique looking. They are also a real pain in the habitat. Spreading quickly and crowding out native vegetation. Class I invasive.

Negative

On Aug 10, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Earleaf Acacia is a plant that was once popular as a landscape plant here in South Florida but is now seriously invasive in natural habitats, sucking out water and removing valuable native vegetation. It is widespread in zones 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11 and below through the Keys. Its roots are very strong and can break through concrete, ruining sidewalks and driveways and pushing out other vegetation. This plant was introduced in the early 1900s as a landscape plant in California, the Southwest United States and Texas, and Florida. The plant quickly spread into natural areas in Florida, and is common especially in my area. Many people in the Southwest, Texas, and southern California, however, still value these trees and plant them there, where they may not be as invasive as in my South Florida ... read more