MANY of the highways in Central Queensland have been literally a mass of gold.
So I thought it would be appropriate to write about a significant piece of Australian horticultural history.
Have you thought about planting a wattle in your garden this weekend?
Unfortunately the wattle or acacia is not a favourite with many gardeners.
Some believe that it is the cause of hay fever.
This is not quite true as most wattle pollen is actually very heavy, making it hard to irritate our sinuses.
Other gardeners believe wattles are too short lived. This is quite true with many local native wattle species.
In 1988 Acacia pycnantha was officially proclaimed the Australian floral emblem.
If you are fortunate to have a small acreage, a grove of wattles could be quite an advantage, as most wattles require very little water.
The beauty of these natural groves may not be able to be totally reproduced in the home garden, but if you only have a small suburban block of land, you may be able to grow some local varieties.
Acacia cretata is a graceful small tree to 7m with mass bright yellow lambs-tail flowers.
Acacia gittinsii or Gittins Wattle is a shrub growing from 2-3m with a very attractive weeping habit and masses of bright yellow flowers.
Acacia holosericea is a silvery-foliaged shrub to 5m with very bright yellow lambs-tail flowers and requiring a warm well-drained position.
Acacia macradenia or Zig Zag Wattle. A decorative shrub with zigzagging branchlets, with pendulous habit. It grows from 3-4m with yellow flowers.
Acacia podalyriifolia or Mt Morgan Silver Wattle. A delightful, fast growing small tree 3-4m x 2-3m with rounded silvery grey foliage and gold ball-type flowers massed over the plant in winter.
It prefers a sunny well-drained position.
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