Today is Wattle Day and even during the severe drought the Acacias are managing to put on a brave show. Wattles are a versatile group of native plants. With many hundreds of species to choose from there is a wattle for every horticultural situation. Amongst the host of species there are many small varieties such as Acacia dawsonii (top image) and A. flexifolia which will reach a height of a metre or so and have bright yellow flowers during spring. In fact A. flexifolia starts to flower in late winter. We call this species “A Herald of Spring”.
In both cases pruning is the only maintenance required. Remove each branch behind the flowers as they fade.