Wattle – Pioneer plants & Nitrogen Fixers

Every tree needs at least one pioneer plant. Pioneer plants grow faster than most trees and are usually short lived, but they provide shelter for the growing plant and if you choose nitrogen fixing plants, they will also provide fertiliser. I’ve decided to go with wattle. I may add others later.

Did you know there are over 800 species of wattle?!!I’m in love with Acacias!

So I jumped on ebay and this is what I purchased. My decisions were based on price, ability to tolerate frost and wet conditions.

Acacia howitti (Sticky wattle)

acacia_howittii

Acacia pendula (Weeping wattle)

Acacia pendula

Acacia spectabilis (Mudgee wattle)

Acacia spectabilis

Acacia cowleana (Halls Creek Wattle) – Edible wattleseed!

Acacia cowleana

Acacia pycnantha (Golden Wattle) – Our national emblem, I had to have that.

Acacia pycnantha

Acacia myrtifolia (Myrtle Wattle) – Unique with red stems and cream flowers

Acacia myrtifolia

Acacia stenophylla (Shoestring wattle/river coobah) – Lives up to 50 years

Acacia stenophylla

Like I said originally, my poor husband.
– I need a greenhouse
– it would be silly to have all that wattle and no beehive, right?

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2 thoughts on “Wattle – Pioneer plants & Nitrogen Fixers

  1. Yes, definitely, I’m right behind you, thanks for doing the research on the trees!! Let me know where you get your bees.

  2. Thanks Karren hey maybe you should start a blog? You are going on the most amazing adventure, we’d love to get updates. Bees probably next year, I have a fair bit on my plate this year thanks to all my projects. Oh and life in general. I’m having a ball.

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