Acacia saligna: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is known as the Golden Wreath Wattle.
Acacia saligna is a medium shrub or spreading small tree. The phyllodes vary in size and range in length from 8 to 30 centimetres and up to 8 centimetres wide. They are usually curved, narrowed at both base and tip, green or with a bluish tinge and have a prominent mid-rib.
Globular flower heads are carried in racemes at the phyllode bases. Blooms are bright golden, profuse and appear in spring.
Acacia saligna was one of the main sources of tan bark. The phyllodes are used for dyeing.
The Golden Wreath Wattle is a native of south-west Western Australia but has become an environmental weed in coastal areas of South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and south-east Queensland. The species is a serious weed in South Africa, Spain, Chile and other South American countries.
Because of the Golden Wreath Wattle’s capacity to invade bushland perhaps other species could be cultivated instead of this invasive species. This is particularly the case in coastal areas and where gardens are close to bushland.
We are growing a specimen but in our high altitude garden this is not a problem but, just in case, no more specimens will be planted.
This species was previously known as Acacia cyanophylla.
Propagation is by seed.