Acacia Salicina "Cooba" "Willow Wattle" Seeds
Acacia Salicina "Cooba" "Willow Wattle" Seeds
Acacia Salicina "Cooba" "Willow Wattle" Seeds

Acacia Salicina "Cooba" "Willow Wattle" Seeds

Regular price $2.22 $0.00

Acacia Salicina seeds

Acacia salicina is a thornless species of Acacia tree native to Australia.

Common names include cooba, native willow, willow wattle, Broughton willow,Sally wattle and black wattle.

It is a large shrub or small evergreen tree growing 3 to 20 m tall. It has a life span of about 10–15 years. In the Northern Hemisphere, Acacia salicina flowers primarily from October to January and the seed pods are often visible from April to July. The tree's seeds are shiny, black and have a crimson appendage-like aril. Acacia salicina is "closely related" to Acacia ligulata and Acacia bivenosa.

Acacia salicina is found parts of Eastern Australia. The average yearly precipitation over the entire range is 375-550mm, with the plant itself found growing in regions receiving in excess of 1500mm annually in northern Queensland and as low as 100mm annually in central Australia. Its natural altitude range is from 50-300m above sea level. It does well in full sun exposure and it tolerates frosts down to -6.7 deg. C (-20 deg. F).


Erosion management

Acacia salicina can be used to help stabilize riverbanks and other areas.


The tree's foliage and seed pods are important fodder for livestock during dry periods, since the tree can withstand drought quite well. Its foliage and pods compare quite poorly to other fodders with regard to digestibility by livestock. This affects its available nutritional value. The 1889 book 'The Useful Native Plants of Australia’ records that "The leaves are eaten by stock. This is another tree which is rapidly becoming scarce, owing to the partiality of stock to it."


The seeds are edible.


Acacia salicina branches with seed pods

Acacia salicina is excellent for landscaping in dry areas.


The bark has a high tannin content.


Acacia salicina Bark

The wood is very hard and it is used in making fine furniture. At one time, the tree's wood was used in the manufacture of axles for wagon wheels. Acacia salicina's wood burns nicely and makes good fuel. Its calorific content is 18900kJ/kg dry mass. The tree produces seed and timber for woodworking in as little as five years after planting.

Other uses

The bark has been traditionally put to use by Indigenous Australians as a toxin for fishing. The leaves of A. salicina are thought to be psychoactive, since indigenous Australians "burn its leaves and smoke the ash to obtain a state of inebriation."

The 1889 book 'The Useful Native Plants of Australia’ records that common names included "Native Willow" and "Broughton Willow" near the Broughton River in South Australia. It also records it was called "Cooba" or "Kooba" by Indigenous People in Western New South Wales and "Motherumba" by those on the Castlereagh River, New South Wales.

Acacia salicina spreads widely through seed dispersal, and individual trees can rapidly form thickets through production of adventitious shoots from the root system. The species has become a significant weed over some of its native and introduced range.” Information retrieved from Wikipedia 11 March 2020





Pour boiling water over seed and allow to soak 12-15 hours before sowing.
Sow into pots or trays in a free draining seed raising mix, cover lightly with mix. Keep moist but not wet. Seed usually germinates in 3-10 weeks. (Growing Australian Native Plants From Seed - Murray Ralph, Second Edition 2003) 


General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded”
. General Note retrieved from Australian Seed (online) 11 March 2020


Please note: This item is seeds only, NOT live plants! Quarantine restrictions prohibit us selling or shipping this item to WA,  or Internationally.

Share this Product

More from this collection

Customer Reviews

No reviews yet