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Cinnamon Wattle

Cinnamon Wattle

At the far end of the Terraces, past the Garden exit.

Have you spotted this little gem in the gardens? Acacia leprosa 'Scarlet Blaze' is rather a special plant. To those familiar with the acacias or wattles know that they are recognisable by their cream or yellow-coloured flowers. 'Scarlet Blaze' with its crimson flowers is very unusual and very pretty.

It was only discovered relatively recently, in 1995, by bushwalkers in a state forest north east of Melbourne, Australia. Twelve cuttings were taken and given to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and from these thousands of plants have been propagated and distributed across the world.  Which is just as well, as the original plant has since died. It grows into a medium to tall shrub or small tree depending on your point of view and to preserve its unusual blood-red colour it is propagated by cutting. If grown from seed, it will revert to the more usual yellow acacia flower.

Acacia leprosa, also known as cinnamon wattle, is one of over 900 species of acacia native mainly to Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Acacias have a long history of economic uses from the Aborigines of Australia who ground seeds of some species into flour to modern plantations where they are grown for their timber and tannins for production of waterproof adhesives.