Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Acacia terminalis

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - July

Common name sunshine wattle
Scientific name

Acacia terminalis (Salisb.) J.F. Macbr

Family  Fabaceae - Mimosoideae

Genus: Greek, akakia, the name of Acacia arabica, of tropical Africa and western Asia (from akis, a sharp point, as this is a spiny species).

Species: Latin, terminal, apical.

Distribution Sydney region, also occurs in the mountains and slopes of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Native habitat The sunshine wattle is often seen in remnant bushland around Sydney Harbour and the Sydney region. It is common in coastal regions on sandy and clayey soils in dry open forest, woodland and heath.
Description A small, open shrub to small tree, 1.5 - 6 m high x 1.5 - 4 m wide.
Flowering/fruiting Flowers in autumn and winter.

Location in Garden

The sunshine wattle can be seen in the Wattle Garden in Beds 120, 126 and 134.


Just when you need it most, some winter sunshine bursts out to warm the day!

The sunshine wattle is aptly named being one of the early-flowering wattles which introduce some brightness into the cold weather.

The dark green, glossy leaves contrast with red young stems and cream to yellow flowers.

Although there are several different forms and flower colours, the small, bright yellow flowering form from the Blue Mountains is well known.


 Acacia terminalis