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Acacia podalyriifolia

Queensland wattle

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to May
  • Height1m to 5m
  • Spread3m to 4m
  • Growth HabitArching bushy
  • Flower ColourBright yellow
  • Leaf ColourBlue-green

Description

Acacia podalyriifolia (Queensland wattle). This tree is from Southern Australia it can grow 6m tall and 3m wide, but it is rather short lived. It will produce racemes of fragrant golden yellow flowers which will appear in winter or early spring. The silvery phyllodes are rounded, with a soft, felt-like texture.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Queensland, Australia

Interest and use

Grown as an ornamental. The flowers are also edible and are used in fritters. A yellow dye can also be made from the flowers. Fixes nitrogen (like all Acacia).

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH4.5 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Needs staking. Regarded as an environmental weed in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Propagation

Seed, heel cuttings (semi-ripe cuttings).

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite, scale insects and mealy bug.

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