Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - WITH DEBBI GIB­SON, HORTICULTURALIST

WAT­TLES, known botan­i­cally as Aca­cia, are an iconic na­tive plant known for their golden yel­low flow­ers which bloom from mid-win­ter right through to late spring.

They are the sym­bol of spring and sun­shine.

There are 1300 species world­wide and around 1000 known species in Aus­tralia, rang­ing from ground cov­ers to shrubs and trees.

They are tough, grow­ing in ev­ery cli­mate con­di­tion in Aus­tralia, from the dry arid re­gions to the big wet ar­eas.

Most wat­tles are fast grow­ing but have a lim­ited life span, usu­ally liv­ing be­tween 7 to 12 years on av­er­age; de­pend­ing on the species.

Wat­tle plants have two types of flow­ers.

The most com­mon is the ball shape which looks like a tiny yel­low pom pom.

The other type of flower is more like a cylin­der or rod. When in full bloom, the plants are a blaze of yel­low.

Aca­cia py­c­nan­tha is the Aus­tralian flo­ral em­blem with the yel­low of the flow­ers echoed in our na­tional sport­ing colours. But not all wat­tles are yel­low.

There are some cream flow­er­ing forms. Aca­cia quadri­lat­er­alis is a medium shrub grow­ing 1-2m with white to cream flow­ers.

Prickly Moses -Aca­cia uli­ci­fo­lia has white to cream fluffy glob­u­lar flow­ers.

There is even a unique red flow­er­ing wat­tle.

Cin­na­mon Wat­tle - Aca­cia lep­rosa (Aca­cia lep­rosa ‘Scar­let Blaze’) has red ball shaped flow­ers in spring.

It has a weep­ing habit and de­rives its com­mon name from the cin­na­mon scented leaves.

An­other sweetly scented wat­tle is Aca­cia flex­i­fo­lia.

It grows 1-2m in height with sun­shine yel­low flow­ers and soft nee­dle like fo­liage.

Aca­cia cul­tri­formis has grey coloured tri­an­gu­lar leaves and a weep­ing habit.

It grows to around 2 me­tres high and makes a won­der­ful stand­out spec­i­men tree.

Aca­cia macrade­nia, com­monly known as the Zig-Zag Wat­tle has weep­ing branches that form a zig zag pat­tern.

It fea­tures golden yel­low flow­ers in spring but is a beau­ti­ful plant year round.

Aca­cia vestita grows 2-3m tall and fea­tures beau­ti­ful golden flow­ers, which are loved by birds and make gor­geous cut flower spec­i­mens.

Add a lit­tle bit of sun­shine to your gar­den.

Happy gar­den­ing.

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