cultriformis: is known as the Knife-leaf Wattle. This name refers to
shape of the phyllodes. The grey phyllodes are triangular in shape and have a
prominent gland at the angle of
the upper phyllode margin. The golden flower heads vary in shape. Some
populations have ball shaped flower heads. Others have flower heads that are
between ball and rod shaped. The illustrated specimen is from our garden and
has ball shaped flower heads. Acacia cultriformis flowers in mid
The height and growth habit, of
the Knife-leaf Wattle, are also variable. Most specimens are tall, erect
shrubs. There is also a form that grows into a medium, mounded shrub. This
latter form has been cultivated on a road cutting north of Tamworth in central
New South Wales.
Regardless of flower shape and
growth habit, Acacia cultriformis is an attractive native shrub. Both
foliage and flowers are attractive features. Grow this Wattle as a specimen
plant or in a shrubbery.
We have fond memories of Acacia
cultriformis. A large population grew naturally around our house when we
worked in the Warrumbungle National Park in central New South Wales.
Acacia cultriformis occurs
in New South Wales and Victoria.
Prune after flowering and
propagate from seed and possibly cuttings.