Where does this species come from?
Native to the coastal and tableland districts of central and northern New South Wales of Australia, but has also naturalised to the West Coast (Perth). Global spread now include South Africa, New Zealand and the USA (California).
Why is it a problem?
Acacia elata is a fast growing, profusely seeding, long lived species invading mostly urban open spaces, roadsides, fynbos and forest clearings. Competes with and replaces indigenous species, reducing species richness and diversity.
Means of reproduction?
Seed is spread via ants, birds, wind and water, as well as garden waste and contaminated soil transportation.