Nature is a pretty amazing designer and architect. Crafting amazing forms, textures, and transfixing beauty. Sometimes to witness the details you've got to come closer, stop, take a moment, and really observe as if what is before is the only thing in sight. Here is one fine example, Acacia merinthophora also known as the Zig-Zag Wattle. Acacia merinthophora is a shrub that comes to us from Australia. Seeing it from afar, your eyes wouldn't really know what to make of it. It's almost as if it's a mirage of some kind. But up close, live and in concert, it becomes a visionary work of art. This is a true specimen plant. Something to be experienced intimately.
This exquisite Australian shrub takes on an airy, open form, that if you desire, can grow up to 10 feet tall and wide. It likes to bask in full sun and has low water needs. Great for a garden on the dryer side. During the year it produces a fount of twiggy, filigreed branches and phyllodes (a modified leaf stalk that functions as foliage.) These branches and phyllodes take on a zig-zag pattern that gives Acacia merinthophora a misty look and dreamy delicate detail. In late winter/early spring Acacia merinthophora produces an abundance of golden yellow pussy willow-like flowers that have the subtle scent of honey. The composition of zig-zag structure covered in flowers is awe-inspiring. Examining this shrub up close, you'll begin to lose yourself in a fantasy of color and sumptuous subtle scent. This shrub is hardy to about 30 degrees fahrenheit/-1 celsius. It would look amazing, like a sculpture of fine art, growing in a vessel on a pedestal placed in the center of a sunny courtyard or in prime location on a balcony or deck. Like many things in nature, it really is about the details that make the moment and teach us to take our time to appreciate the beauty of things. Acacia merinthophora is definitely one of those moments.