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Acacia saligna

Orange wattle

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to May
  • Height6m
  • Spread6m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitArching bushy
  • Flower ColourGolden yellow
  • Leaf ColourBlue-green

Description

Acacia saligna (Orange wattle). This wattle is a small tree with long drooping, blue-green phyllodes with prominent central veins and clusters of golden yellow, fluffy flowers in Spring. The green fruit pods are long and narrow with a wavy edge and when immature, often have a white powdery coating. They turn brown as they mature.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Small tree

Origin

W. Australia

Interest and use

Grown as an ornamental and also for sand dune stabilisation after sand mining. The flowers are rich in pollen and can be eaten in fritters.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

This crop has an minimum optimum growing temperature of 20C and a maximum optimum growing temperature of 32C. This plant can withstand drought, waterlogging, acid and alkaline soils, a wide range of soil density from clay to sand, as well as maritime conditions. It doesn't tolerate shade.

Propagation

By seed (scarify to germinate) or by semi-ripe cuttings.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite, scale insects and mealy bug.

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