Characteristics: Shrub to 3m or single stem tree to 7m in areas of high rainfall
Seeds per packets: 10
A long lived Acacia has been recorded over 100 years old. This Acacia was one of the most valuable plants for the local Aboriginals as well as the early settlers. Flowers appear as profuse golden rods in winter and spring. Traditional uses include grinding the seed to make a flour or edible paste when moistened. The sweet exudation, produced by the plant is either sucked straight from the tree or dissolved in water to make a refreshing drink; it was referred to by the early settlers as Bush Lollies. The hard wood of the Mulga was used in Boomerangs and digging tools, when polished it turns a dark red/brown and is ideal in wood turning.
Occurring in all states except Victoria.
Well adapted to low levels of soil nutrients and suited to and wide range of free draining soils and conditions but not recommended for heavy clay soils. Ideal for areas of hot summers and cool winters. Drought tolerant & frost resistant. Flowers best in full sun.
Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you re-search these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Acacia seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
- Place the seed in a container and pour in just boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
- The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
- Sow the depth of seed keep warm & moist but not wet.
- Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 18-22C.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.