Acacia dealbata: is
known as the Silver Wattle. This name refers to the whitish appearance
of the branchlets and bipinnate foliage. Acacia dealbata
develops into a tall shrub or small tree. Yellow ball-shaped flowers cover the
plant in spring.
Silver Wattle would make a
colourful addition to rural shelterbelts or windbreaks. The species is
probably too large for many suburban gardens. One well-known writer, of native
plants books, has found the Silver Wattle, “hardy but unspectacular”.
There have been a number of occasions when we have disagreed with the comments
of this author and this is another one.
Acacia dealbata has a wide
distribution and occurs in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales. Silver
Wattle is common along roadsides in the Northern Tablelands of New South
Propagate from seed.
Acacia dealbata is grown in
Europe and is known as Mimosa. Sprays are given out to celebrate Mothers’
Gum Arabic was produced from the
material that exudes from the trunk of this Wattle. The bark was used for
tanning and the foliage is used for dyeing.
On a visit to the United Kingdom
we saw healthy specimens in a garden near the Thames River and in Birmingham
There is a ground covering form
known as “Kambah Karpet”. We have seen this dense ground cover growing in
the National Botanic Gardens at Canberra.