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 pendula (Weeping wattle)
Acacia spectabilis (Mudgee wattle)
Acacia cowleana (Halls Creek Wattle) – Edible wattleseed!
Acacia pycnantha (Golden Wattle) – Our national emblem, I had to have that.
Acacia myrtifolia (Myrtle Wattle) – Unique with red stems and cream flowers
Acacia stenophylla (Shoestring wattle/river coobah) – Lives up to 50 years
Like I said originally, my poor husband.
– I need a greenhouse
– it would be silly to have all that wattle and no beehive, right?