Acacia aneura – Mulga Wattle

This Acacia has a variable habit and can grow as a shrub (in more arid conditions) or a small tree (with more water available). It is often a profuse flowering plant with rod-like flower heads and provides light shade.
Livestock can eat the foliage, while the wood was used for Aboriginal weapons and tools, as well as for fences. The mulga has some other interesting uses, the seeds are edible once cooked, dried and ground, and are then traditionally made into seed cakes. It also produces a vegetative ‘fruit’ called the mulga apple, which is a swollen shoot caused by a wasp whose sting creates an insect gall, purported to have a sweet taste similar to an apple.
Great plant for dry areas as it is drought resistant, and also tolerant of frosts. It needs a medium to light well-drained soil and is tolerant to lime. Grows best in full sun, although can grow in part-sun. The roots of this plant fix nitrogen gas from the air in soil which is used by the roots as a source of nitrogen and helps deal with the poor soils in its natural growing environment.

Scientific Name:Acacia aneura
Common Name:Wattle
Other Common Names:Mulga Wattle, Yarran
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 10 metres
Width:2 ~ 6 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Gold
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid, Arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Features:Edible, Cut flower, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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