Acacia Honey Bun is a low-growing evergreen wattle that is grown as a shrub. A naturally compact growth habit, good glossy green foliage and easy care are some features.
It does flower in spring, and although flowers are a little sparse, the small yellow flowers do attract bees and beneficial insects to the garden.
Use it in the garden as a feature plant, grow it in a container for year-round greenery, as a filler in the garden border or perhaps as a low hedge instead of the buxus varieties.
Named after Alfred William Howitt, it grows naturally in southern Gippsland. It can be found in the foothills of Mount Howitt, which is also known as Toot-buck-nulluck.
The species itself, Acacia howittii can reach around 6m in height, however, this smaller growing cultivar reaches only around 1m and is aptly named Acacia howittii Honey Bun.
How to Grow Acacia Honey Bun
Like most Acacia varieties, well-drained soil and a sunny to part shaded position is required.
Well-drained, sandy soil is best, however as long as the soil is well-drained, it will cope with a range of soil types including clay soils.
Full sun to a lightly shaded position is best. Deep shade will tend to make growth lax and leggy as the plant reaches for the light.
In most soils, no fertiliser will be required. In poor soils, some Australian Native Plant fertiliser (Low Phosphate) can be applied in early spring.
Water in well, immediately after planting. Occasional water during long dry periods in the first summer may be required. Once established, Acacia howittii Honey Bun is regarded as drought tolerant.
Pruning Acacia Honey Bun
Regular pruning will keep the plant in a bushier and more compact shape. The best time to prune is immediately after flowering in spring. Use hedge shears or secateurs.
Although flowering is not prolific, the small yellow flowers that do occur attract bees and insects to the garden. Flowering time is spring to summer.