Acacia amoena

Boomerang Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia amoena is known as the Boomerang Wattle this name probably refers to the shape of the phyllode but this name could apply to any number of species with similar phyllodes.

Acacia amoena is an erect shrub that reaches a height of two metres in our cold climate garden.

The phyllodes may be up to seven centimetres long, about one centimetre wide with either two or three prominent glands along the phyllode margin. The thumbnail image shows a phyllode with two glands and possibly a third lurking near the base of the phyllode. The multiple glands are a distinctive feature and are used in the identification of the species.

Golden yellow flowers are held in globular clusters and cover plants in spring.

Acacia amoena, once established, has very low water requirements.

Acacia amoena occurs in eastern NSW with a population in the eastern highlands of Victoria. There are populations along the Oxley Highway east of Walcha on the Northern Tablelands of NSW.

In the garden

Although not well known in cultivation, this species has proved to be hardy and free flowering in our garden.

Pruning is recommended after flowering. Cut off each branch behind the spent flowers.

Acacia amoena could be grown together with other better known shrubby wattles, such as Acacia boormanii and Acacia cultriformis, to create a colourful, spring flowering hedge.

Propagation

Propagate from seed and possibly cuttings.

Other information

The species name means lovely or pleasant.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather