PRAVISSIMA – WHAT A WATTLE!

The bush was grey

A week today

Olive green and brown and grey; 

But now the spring has come this way,

With blossoms for the wattle.

By Veronica Mason.

One of my favourite  trees is Acacia pravissima, also known as The Oven’s wattle.   It can withstand the heaviest of frosts and is pretty well disease free. A well drained position suits them best. There are several in my upper Blue Mountains garden and all are thriving.  Clearly I’m not alone in my admiration;

 

I love the comparison of the unusual foliage to origami snakes;

Acacua pravissima foliage

 

 

 

 

 

In early spring (well, late winter) the tree is a cloud of tiny, soft pink buds.

 

Acacias

Pravissima (left) contrasts with the silver wattle..

The colour  changes radically as the golden blooms edge close to  flowering. So difficult to believe it could look so different.

 

Pravissima about to flower.

The Pravissima is about to flower and no longer pink.

One warm day later (mid September) and the  first flowers appear. Soon the bees will arrive in their hundreds. Wattle honey sounds rather wonderful


Acacia Pravissima

 

The original pale pink spring buds are mirrored by the seed pods in summer. Aren’t they beautiful?

 

Acacia pravissima seeds

Seed capsules of Acacia pravissima

The  gorgeous king parrots adore the seeds, and I adore watching them extract the delicacy  from the capsules

 

Wsttle seed for a male king parrot

Far more agile than me!

I wonder if these  seeds are the type that feature in ‘bush tucker’  recipes such as wattle seed bread?  I suppose I could try a few when they ripen.  Ovens Wattle  seed bread baked for tea…..  how appropriate that would be.

 

Wattle seed soda bread

Wattle seed soda bread

By the way, there is a prostrate variety of  Acacia pravissima called Kuranga Cascade. It has a spreading habit and can be used as a ground cover in a native garden; or in rockeries. I don’t remember ever seeing a ground cover acacia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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