Acacia retinodes

Uses: Hardy ornamental suitable for areas of low maintenance. Can be used as a background shrub in mixed plantings, or on roadside verges, road batters and wide median strips as a barrier, wind-break and soil control.
Attracts birds, native butterflies and insects, caterpillar food plant. Fast growing but generally short lived.
Cultural use; Indigenous peoples softened the gum in water and ate to relieve chest pain.
Note: This species is classified schedule 1, Regulation 24.2 under the Sewerage Act and may be planted in any street or road in any drainage area provided they are not planted closer than two metres to any sewer main or connection.

This plant is indigenous to the following botanical regions of South Australia.

:NL: Northern Lofty
:MU: Murray
:SL: Southern Lofty
For detail on these regions refer to the user guide.

  • Canopy Shape canopy-domed Domed
  • Height 5-8m
  • Spread 3-7m
  • Position
    • position-fullsun Full Sun
    • position-partshade Part Shade
  • Family Fabaceae
  • Botanical Name Acacia retinodes
  • Common Name Wirilda
  • Origin SA, Vic, Tas
  • Habit Upright, Spreading
  • Landscape Coast, 2nd line coast, Plains, Hills
  • Soil Texture Clay, Loam, Rock, Sand
  • pH Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Tolerates Drought, Lime, Moderate frost, Soil salinity
  • Supplementary Watering Moderate
  • Flower Colour Yellow
  • Flowering Time Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter
  • Foliage Bluish-green
  • Flower Type Globular
  • Purpose Ornamental, Habitat, Erosion
  • Evergreen/Deciduous Evergreen
  • Seasonal Colour Winter, Spring
  • Trunk Smooth
  • Form Medium Tree (Usually between 5m & 11m)
  • Indigenous to the Adelaide Region