Acacia deanei

Deane’s Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia deanei, Deane’s Wattle, is a tall, upright shrub or small tree with light green bipinnate foliage. Plants carry pale yellow, globular flowers throughout the year. Both foliage and flowers are features of this attractive wattle. Deane’s Wattle will bring that spring time feeling to the garden throughout the year.

There are two sub-species. Botanically there are differences but our feeling is that horticulturally they are identical.

Acacia deanei is found throughout the Slopes, Plains and Southern Tablelands of NSW as well as Queensland and Victoria.

We have a number of specimens growing in our cold climate garden. Some are over ten years old and are still surviving, thriving and blooming bounteously throughout the year.

In the garden

Deane’s Wattle could be cultivated as a stand-alone specimen plant, in native hedgerows and windbreaks.

Propagation

Propagate from seed that should be treated with boiling water before sowing.

Other information

The species is named after Henry Deane, a noted botanist and railway engineer. He collected the type specimen near Gilgandra, NSW when working on railway construction in the late 1800’s.

We are sentimentally attached to Acacia deanei because it grew in large numbers around our home when we lived and worked in Warrumbungle National Park many years ago.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather