Box-leaf Wattle, Box-leaved Wattle, Box Leaf Wattle, Box-leaf, Boxleaf Wattle, Crescent Acacia, Hill Wattle.
Buxifolia, from buxus, the ancient Box Tree, and Latin folium, leaf, referring to the "leaf" similarity to those of Box Tree.
Presence in Australia
East of the Olympic Highway.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic.
Dry sclerophyll forest, woodland and heath. Often on rocky outcrops and slopes.
Erect or spreading shrub, 1-3m high, with thick blue-grey foliage.
Distinguish from Western Golden Wattle (A. decora) by its generally glabrous inflorescence (flower structure) parts and different habitat.
Well-drained soil. Tolerates frost and dryness.
Moderate growth rate. Variable habit.
Early Dec to mid Jan. Monitor closely as seeds released immediately or within 1-2 days of maturity.
From scarified seed (±58 viable seeds per gram). Pour boiling or very hot water over seeds and soak for several hours before sowing. Also from cuttings.
From seed, particularly after fire.
Shade and shelter
Excellent low-level cover in windbreaks.
Useful in controlling erosion due to is soil-binding fibrous roots. Legume, improves soil fertility by "fixing" nitrogen.
Good habitat. Flowers are a food source for native moths, butterflies and other insects. Insect-eating birds attracted. Native birds, including parrots and pigeons eat seed.
Attractive ornamental due to foliage and prolific flowers.