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Silver Wattle

Silver Wattle

Silver Wattle (Acacia bealbata) illustration (credit: Public Domain)

Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata) is an Australian tree ranging across the continent's eastern states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. It has been widely planted in Mediterranean climates, warm temperate locations, and the highland tropics around the world. There is even a Wattle Day to celebrate these diverse, important, and diverse native plants. Wattle Day celebrated its 25th year of programs and outreach educational efforts.

The Silver Wattle represent just one species in a diverse genus of over 950 species found only in Australia. New ones are being discovered every year. The tree's golden flowers produce a perfume that can fill a landscape or a garden from its overflowing bunches. In some places when planted outside its native habitat, particularly southern Africa, it has become weed and so less popular.

A macro-photograph of a bud and blooming branches provide size comparisons. WHB


 Silver Wattle bud as seen by macro-photography (credit: Patrick Kavanagh)

                       Silver Wattle tree in bloom, (credit: Etsy)

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