Acacia stricta

Straight Wattle, Hope Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia stricta is an erect or spreading tree to 6 m tall. It is found in wet and dry sclerophyll forest, woodlands and heath, on a range of soils. It grows all along the NSW coastal and tablelands subdivisions, extending into the south western slopes, and is also in Qld, Vic, Tas and SA.

The phyllodes (modified leaves) are narrowly elliptic, to linear-oblanceolate, to 14 cm long and to 1.5 cm wide, green to blue-green, sometimes with a small point (mucro) at the apex).

Flowers are produced in globular heads, up to 5 mm diameter, which are procued in groups of 2 to 4, in the leaf axils; pale yellow to white, occurring in spring. Each head can have up to 30 very small staminate flowers.

The seed pods are straight, to 10 cm long and 0.5 cm wide.

In the garden

Reported to be adaptable in cultivation. Grows well in sunny, well-drained positions, in most soils. Has a desirable erect and upright habit.

Frost hardy and suitable for low maintenance.

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

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 regenerate from seed after fire with some species exhibiting suckering from the basal areas.

Acacia – from Greek acis, meaning a thorn or “thorny”.
stricta – the name refers to its erect / upright habit.

Not considered to be at risk in the wild. Widespread.

https://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Acacia~stricta

http://www.anbg.gov.au/acacia/species/A-stricta.html

https://www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/directory_record/1861/acacia_genistifolia_spreading_wattle

By Dan Clarke