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Acacia decurrens

Green wattle

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to May
  • Height7m to 12m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourBright yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Acacia decurrens (Green wattle). A fast growing, tall tree with dark green, bipinate leaves and clouds of yellow pom-pom flowers, each with five petals and conspicuous stamens, giving a fluffy appearance.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Semi-evergreen, Tree

Origin

Australia

Interest and use

The seed pods can be used to produce a green dye. The flowers are edible and so is the gum which oozes from the trunk. Also grown for fuel, and as shade, and as a windbreak.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Frost hardy to frost tender, min 5-7C. They require full sun and well-drained soil. Under glass, use a loam-based potting compost with full light. Outside, moderate fertile soil and full sun.

Propagation

This crop has an minimum optimum growing temperature of 12C and a maximum optimum growing temperature of 25C.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite, scale insects and mealy bug.

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