Acacia paradoxa, commonly known as Hedge wattle, is a small to medium-sized shrub that is native to Australia. It is a popular choice for landscaping due to its striking appearance and low maintenance requirements. Hedge wattle has attractive, spiky foliage that is blue-grey in colour, providing a unique and interesting visual element to any landscape. It produces small, yellow flowers in the spring, adding a splash of colour to its foliage. Hedge wattle is drought-tolerant and can thrive in a range of growing conditions, making it a resilient and low-maintenance plant.
Height: Up to 5 m
Width: Up to 4 m
Aspect: Prefers full sun and well-drained soils, but can tolerate a range of soil types and conditions, including drought and frost.
Flowers: Produces small, yellow flowers in late winter to early spring.
Uses: Acacia paradoxa is a useful plant for erosion control and land rehabilitation, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions. Also used for ornamental landscaping due to its attractive foliage and flowers. Acacia paradoxa has been used for its medicinal properties by Indigenous Australians, who have used it to treat a range of ailments such as colds, flu, and sore throats. The plant is also an important source of food for native animals, particularly kangaroos, hence one of its common names “Kangaroo Thorn”.