Acacia oshanesii

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia oshanesii a tall shrub or small tree.

In our cold climate garden our specimen, after a number of years, has reached a height of five metres with a similar spread. Bipinnate leaves are dark green. There are 11 to 18 pairs of leaflets and there are 15-40 pairs of secondary leaflets in each leaflet. Usually there are glands at the top of the stem (rachis) of each group of leaflets (see thumbnail).

The flower heads are globular, pale yellow and carried in racemes at the base of the leaves. The flowering period is mainly late winter to spring with sporadic flowering at other times. Our specimen carries blooms in late summer. Both foliage and flowers are attractive features.

Acacia oshanesii occurs in coastal New South Wales and extends into southern Queensland.

In the garden

The species is said to be occasionally cut as a timber tree and is probably too large for suburban gardens. The species is better suited to parks and rural properties.

Propagation

Propagate from seed.

Other information

We are fond of our Acacia oshanesii because it flowers out of season when most other wattles are resting.

The species is named after John O’Shanesy, a nurseryman and plant collector.

 

By Warren and Gloria Sheather