Acacia pycnantha – Golden Wattle

The golden wattle is the floral emblem of Australia with its masses of sunshine yellow balls of flowers brightening the bush and gardens in late winter to early spring. It grows from 2 to 10 metres tall and is fast growing, but sadly can be short lived. Adapts to most soils as long as they are free draining, and can take some frost and dry periods. Performs best in temperate climate zones. A useful plant- the flowers are fragrant and can be used for making perfume, the seed is edible and the bark is rich in tannins. Green seed can be cooked like peas. Ripe seed can be baked then ground with a mortar and pestle into a low glycaemic flour.

 

Scientific Name:Acacia pycnantha
Family:Fabaceae
Common Name:Wattle
Other Common Names:Golden Wattle
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 10 metres
Width:2 ~ 6 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Gold
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial, Short lived
Threats:Borers
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Edible, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Other insects

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Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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