Acacia Scarlet Blaze: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is a colour mutant of Acacia leprosa, the Cinnamon Wattle.
This unique plant has an interesting history. In 1995 bushwalkers found a solitary Wattle plant with blood-red flowers in a Victorian forest.
Fortunately cuttings were collected and successfully propagated at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. The original plant has expired.
Acacia Scarlet Blaze was selected as Victoria’s floral emblem for the Centenary of Federation in 2001.
Acacia Scarlet Blaze will develop into a medium shrub with slightly weeping habit. The phyllodes are between 30-140 millimetres in length, 25 millimetres wide and linear to lanceolate in shape.
Globular flower heads are red with one or two blooms carried at the base of the phyllodes. Flowering occurs in spring.
“Scarlet Blaze” is the only red-flowered Wattle in the world and has proved to be hardy and drought tolerant. The cultivar is readily available from nurseries. Unfortunately plants are usually about $25 for a 15 centimetre pot.
Propagation must be from cuttings to preserve the unique flower colour. Plants grown from seed will revert to the “conventional” yellow flower colour. We find that cuttings strike readily.