Summer-scented wattle

Summer-scented wattle (Acacia rostellifera)

Perth’s tallest wattle can grow to 10 m although frequent fires will restrict its growth.  It is found near the coast on sand or limestone, and through underground stems it forms clumps and thickets.  The thickets have a pleasant scent, especially in summer.  Flowering occurs in late winter or spring.  The species name comes from Latin: rostellum “small beak” and ferre “to bear” and alludes to the beaked phyllodes (“leaves”).

Ref:  “Leaf and branch: trees and tall shrubs of Perth” by Robert Powell. Published by the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation, 2009.