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6 Australian Native Trees with Yellow Flowers

Australia is home to a diverse range of native trees, many of which have beautiful yellow flowers that bloom throughout the year.

These trees not only add vibrant pops of colour to the landscape, but they also provide a valuable source of food and habitat for native wildlife.

In this article, we will explore some of the most popular Australian native trees with yellow flowers, including their unique characteristics and where they can be found.

Sydney Golden Wattle (Acacia longifolia)

Acacia longifolia | Native plants
Acacia longifolia / Photo by Donald Hobern / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

You’ll be absolutely stunned by the mass of bright yellow flower spikes that appear in late winter and early spring. This beautiful wattle can reach a height of around 7 metres.

If you’re looking for an effective screening plant, then Acacia longifolia may suit your needs as it can spread to a width of 4 metres.

This medium-sized native tree prefers to grow in full sun and well-drained soil. It’s also both frost and drought-tolerant.

Yellow Hakea (Hakea nodosa)

Yellow Hakea Hakea nodosa | Native plants
Hakea nodosa / Photo by Luis Mata / iNaturalist Australia / CC0 1.0

Hakea nodosa is an evergreen plant that grows well in full sun or partial shade. The yellow flowers grow in clusters and bloom from autumn through winter.

This Australian native can be found in the states of South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania and grows up to 3 meters tall.

Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana)

Cootamundra wattle Acacia baileyana | Native plants
Acacia baileyana / Photo by John Jennings / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

This fast-growing wattle has lovely grey foliage and bright yellow flowers in winter.

You always know that spring is just around the corner when you see this wattle in full bloom as it becomes completely covered with flowers.

The Cootamundra wattle can reach a height of around 6 to 8 metres. It can handle most soil types and will be happy in either full sun or light shade. It will even tolerate light frosts.

Best of all, this flowering tree is particularly attractive to bees and seed-eating birds.

Hairpin Banksia (Banksia spinulosa)

Hairpin Banksia Banksia spinulosa | Native plants
Banksia spinulosa / Photo by Moonlight0551 / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Banksia spinulosa is a native Australian plant in the family Proteaceae. It can grow up to 4 metres tall and 5 metres wide.

Its yellow flowers form as long spikes and bloom in autumn or winter. It’s commonly known as “Hairpin Banksia” because of its distinctive, narrow leaves.

This small native tree is mostly found on the central and southern coasts of New South Wales. It’s also found in Victoria and Queensland. It’s used for ornamental purposes, but can also serve as habitat for birds such as honeyeaters who feed on its seeds.

Did you know?

Many native Australian plants are adapted to low-nutrient soils, especially low in phosphorus.

Over-fertilising, particularly with high phosphorus fertilisers, can harm these plants. It’s best to use a slow-release, low-phosphorus fertiliser, specifically formulated for native plants.

We recommend this native fertiliser from Amgrow, designed to promote healthy root growth, lush foliage, and increased flowering, without overwhelming native species.

Grevillea ‘Honey Gem’

Grevillea ‘Honey Gem | Native plants
Grevillea ‘Honey Gem’

Nothing beats the intrigue of the spidery flowers of grevillea and this popular variety is no exception.

Grevilleas require very little maintenance and can be left to grow happily in the garden on their own. However, you can give the plant a light prune if you want a denser growth habit.

Hymenosporum flavum (Native frangipani)

Hymenosporum flavum Native frangipani | Native plants
Hymenosporum flavum / Photo by Tatiana Gerus / Flickr (cropped) / CC BY 2.0

There’s no doubt that the heady fragrance of frangipani is a welcome addition to any garden and our native Australian frangipani is no exception.

It has large green leaves and stunning white and yellow flowers in spring and summer.

The native frangipani is a small tree growing to a maximum height of around 7 metres. It will grow happily in full sun or light shade.

Being a fast-growing tree, this plant will establish itself quickly in your garden if you plant it in well-drained soil and mulch heavily after planting. 

In southern gardens, this Australian rainforest tree needs to be protected from frost until it reaches a height of around 2 metres.

It requires very little maintenance and heavy pruning should be avoided as this will damage its pyramidal shape.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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