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Acacia prominens, Gosford Wattle, Golden Rain Wattle

Acacia prominens is known the Gosford Wattle or Golden Rain Wattle. The Gosford Wattle is a dense, tall shrub or medium tree. Foliage is often retained to ground level. The phyllodes are up to four centimetres long, blue-green with a conspicuous gland on the upper margin (see thumbnail image) about one third from the left.

The flower heads are globular and borne in dense racemes near the ends of branchlets. They are sweetly scented, lemon-yellow and very conspicuous when they make their appearance in spring. The pods, that follow the flowers, are flat and sometimes have a slight pink or blue colouring.

Acacia prominens is found on the North Coast, Central Coast, Central Tablelands and Central West Slopes of NSW. One of the strongholds of the species is the Gosford area, north of Sydney, hence the common name. In fact the specimen featured was growing beside a suburban street in Gosford.

Acacia prominens was first cultivated in England in the early 1800’s. Apparently seed was taken to England and additional plants were propagated from cuttings. It would seem that many Acacias, grown in England at this time, were propagated from cuttings.

The species name refers to the conspicuous gland.

Propagate from seed or cuttings.

Warren and Gloria Sheather

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