GARDENING WITH DEBBI
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.