Common name: Earleaf Acacia, Black Wattle
Malay name: Akasia Kuning
Scientific name: Acacia auriculiformis
Conservation status: Least concerned, Cultivated, Naturalised, Introduced (Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia)
A medium-sized tree that grows up to 30 m tall. Tree crown is dense and irregular. Stems are crooked and twisted. Leaves are shiny and sickle-shaped. Bears rods of yellow flowers. Produces woody, twisted pods.
Habit: Perennial tree
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds, cutting or air-layering
Ecological function: The flowers attract pollinators. The tree provides shade for other shade-loving plants. It is nitrogen-fixing i.e. convert atmospheric nitrogen into more usable form in soil. This tree is planted to control soil erosion.
Soil: Sand, loam, clay. It can tolerate saline soils
Moisture: Well-drained soils
Shade: No shade
Use: Timber (charcoal & paper pulp)