Acacia pravissima 'Bushwalk Baby'


Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia pravissima ‘Bushwalk Baby’ is a low growing form of the usually upright A. pravissima, the Ovens Wattle.

‘Bushwalk Baby’ develops into a mounded ground cover reaching a height of 50 centimetres with a spread of 1.5 metres.

The phyllodes are small, wedge-shaped and grey. They are arranged spirally around the stems.

Yellow staminate flowers are held in globular clusters and cover plants in spring. As the flowers fade cut off each branch behind the spent blooms. This will maintain the plant’s bushy growth habit.

In the garden

‘Bushwalk Baby’ is an ideal addition to a rockery or cottage garden. The cultivar could be grown in a container where it will spill out of the pot. In a garden bed this would be an ideal border plant.

Growth habit, foliage and flowers are all attractive features. In our cold climate garden ‘Bushwalk Baby’ has proved to be very hardy once established and free flowering. It can be used as a groundcover. 


Must be propagated from cuttings to maintain form. It may be a grafted plant. 

Other information

Acacia is a highly diverse genus, with over 1500 recognised species (placing it in the top-10 most-diverse plant genera) occurring in most continents except for Europe. Australia has about 970 spp., most of which are endemic. There are also about 10 exotic species. NSW has about 235 recognised species. Some species have become weeds in other states outside of their natural range (e.g., wattles from Western Australia into NSW and vice versa).

Acacia – from Greek Akakia – which refers to an Ancient Greek preparation made from one of the many species; the name of which derives from akis, meaning “thorn” – referring to the thorns of species in Africa.

‘Bushwalk Baby’ – likely named for the sprawling low habit. 

Gardening with Angus – Acacia pravissima ‘Bushwalk Baby’ profile page https://www.gardeningwithangus.com.au/acacia-pravissima-bushwalk-baby-wattle/


By Warren and Gloria Sheather. Editing and additional text by Dan Clarke.