Amoena-phyllode.JPG (20657 bytes)Acacia amoena: There are many native Acacias or Wattles that develop into medium shrubs reaching a height of two metres or so. A few of these shrubby Wattles are well known in cultivation but there are literally dozens of species that are virtually unknown in horticulture. Many of these Wattles have horticultural potential and could be grown as components of native hedgerows and shrubberies.
Acacia amoena is one of these virtually unknown shrubby Wattles. Its common name is Boomerang Wattle and refers to the shape of the phyllodes. The Boomerang Wattle grows into an erect medium shrub with bright, golden globular flowers in spring. The distinctive feature of the Boomerang Wattle is the number of glands that occur along the margin of the phyllodes. There are usually two (see image) but in some cases there may be three or four. Usually Wattles have only one gland. The multiple glands are a distinctive feature and are used in the identification of the species. As with all Acacias, pruning after flowering is beneficial. Cut branches behind the spent flowers. This will encourage dense growth and bounteous blooming.
Acacia amoena occurs in eastern NSW with a population in the eastern highlands of Victoria. There is a population along the Oxley Highway east of Walcha on the Northern Tablelands of NSW.
Propagate from seeds and probably cuttings.

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