Acacia pravissima

Ovens Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia pravissima is a tree growing to 8 m tall and potentially 5 m wide, it grows in sclerophyll forests and woodland, in clays and sandy loams on riverbanks, hillslopes and ridges. It grows on the southern tablelands and western slopes of NSW, south from the ACT, extending into Victoria.

Phyllodes (modified leaves) are grey-green to blue-green and somewhat short and triangular, to about 1.5 cm long and wide with a sharp point (mucro).

Flowers produced in globular heads, to 5 mm in diameter, with up to 10 very small staminate flowers per head. The heads are clustered into racemes, up to 15 in each raceme in leaf axils. The flowers are bright yellow, showy and produced in spring. The flowers also have a light scent.

Seed pods straight to slightly curved, to 8 cm long and less than 1 cm wide.

In the garden

Has a history of being cultivated and it is grown by some Sutherland and other APS members at least. It is hardy and easy to grow. It can be pruned into different shapes. It can tolerate long dry periods. It needs some room to spread. Plant in a full sun or part sun position. Known to be cultivated in the USA and UK. Give a well-drained soil for best results. Very showy in flower.

Acacias can suffer from a number of pests, including borers, scale, galls and leaf miners. Growing plants suitable to your local environment minimises these occurring.


Propagation is easy from scarified seed by covering with boiling water for 24 hours and discarding any seeds still floating on the surface.

Other information

Most wattles will regenerate from seed after fire with some species exhibiting suckering from the base.

Acacia from Greek acis, meaning a thorn or “thorny”.
pravissima – Latin for “perverted”, “crooked”, “distorted” or deformed”, which apparently refers to the irregular branching or the plant.

Not known to be at risk in the wild.

https://www.gardeningwithangus.com.au/acacia-pravissima-ovens-wattle/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acacia_pravissima

By Dan Clarke