Acacia Retinodes, commonly known as the Swamp Wattle or Wirilda, is a versatile and visually striking evergreen shrub or small tree native to southeastern Australia. It thrives in full sunlight, displaying an open and spreading form, reaching a height of 2 to 5 meters. The plant's bipinnate leaves, typically bluish-green, create an appealing contrast to its dense clusters of golden-yellow, spherical blooms that emerge in late winter to early spring.
Adaptable to a variety of soil types, Acacia Retinodes demonstrates resilience in different environmental conditions, preferring dry or moist soil and showcasing notable tolerance to drought. Additionally, the plant can withstand maritime exposure, adding to its versatility in landscaping.
Notably, the foliage of Acacia Retinodes forms a lush mass when not in bloom, and with proper maintenance, it can be retained close to the ground, making it an excellent choice for hedging. Beyond its ornamental value, this species serves as an early nectar source for bees, contributing to pollinator health.
Culturally significant, people utilize the plant for culinary purposes, making fritters from its pollen-rich flowers and roasting the seeds, which boast a protein content of 26% with a low Glycaemic Index (GI).
Furthermore, Acacia retinodes establishes a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, forming nodules on its roots that fix atmospheric nitrogen. This enriches the soil and benefits both the plant and nearby vegetation. As a result, it is considered an excellent choice for permaculture, serving as an effective hedge and contributing to soil fertility.
At a glance:
- Easy to grow
- Permaculture tree
- Ideal for screening
You will receive 2 x Plug Plants
|Season of interest
|Hardiness Rating (RHS)
|H7 < -20 °C
|Well-drained soil. Clay, loam, peat, sand
|Height: 12m, Spread: 4m