Silverbush - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Sophora tomentosa
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 15 Jun 2001
Profile last updated: 11 Mar 2018


Silverbush is a coastal shrub or small tree to 5 m high. Leaves are 10-20 cm long, usually divided into 11 to 17 oval to circular leaflets 20-40 mm long, 10-30mm wide with woolly hairs. The pale yellow flowers are in clumps 10-15 cm long and appear during winter. They are followed by 10-18cm long seed pods containing 5-10 seeds, with the pod strongly constricted between seeds.


Silverbush occurs in coastal areas in Queensland and northern NSW. It was previously common north from Port Stephens but is now uncommon and found only north of Old Bar, near Taree. The largest known population, at Port Macquarie, is estimated at up to 500 plants, other populations are of less than 20 plants. It is found in a number of other countries.

Habitat and ecology

  • Silverbush occurs on coastal dunes.
  • Seeds may be dispersed by sea currents.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known within 2 km of the coast
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Predicted within 2 km of coast
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known within 2 km of coast, within 2 km of the coast
NSW North CoastYuraygir Known within 2 km of the coast
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Predicted within 2 km of the coast
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known within 2 km of the coast
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Predicted within 2 km of the coast
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Known within 2 km of the coast