Western Golden Wattle, Western Silver Wattle, Showy Wattle, Golden Wattle, Graceful Wattle, Pretty Wattle, Western Silver Wattle.
Decora, from Latin decorus, referring to decorative appearance.
Presence in Australia
Noted mainly in the lower areas of the Murrumbidgee catchment. Also noted in Long Plain-West Hume, and the Urana-Rand-Corowa region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic.
Dry sclerophyll forest on rocky hillsides and ridges.
Erect or spreading shrub, usually 1-4m high. Grey-blue foliage.
Distinguish from Box-leaf Wattle (A. buxifolia) by different habitat and inflorescence (flower structure). Refer to notes on Box-leaf Wattle.
Well-drained light to heavy soils, in full sun. Tolerates frost and resists drought.
Bright golden-yellow, usually Apr-Oct.
Early Dec to mid-Jan. Monitor closely as seeds released immediately or within 1-2 days of maturity.
From scarified seed or cuttings.
From seed, particularly after fire.
Shade and shelter
Excellent low-level cover in windbreaks.
Useful for recharge plantings. Legume, improves soil fertility by "fixing" nitrogen.
Valuable understorey in woodlots.
Good habitat. Good pollen source for many native insects and birds.
Decorative ornamental or feature for gardens, due to flowers and foliage. Can be pruned regularly. Adaptable in cultivation.