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Acacia baileyana

Bailey acacia

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to May
  • Height6m to 9m
  • Spread3m to 6m
  • Growth HabitHemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourBright yellow
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Acacia baileyana (Bailey acacia). In the late winter this tree has very showy bright yellow fragrant spherical blooms which completely cover it. The leaves are grey-green and soft in texture. The berries are attractive to birds.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

N.S.W, Australia

Interest and use

Ornamental, erosion control, fragrance.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilSandy
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

This is a very hardy, drought-tolerant tree. It performs best in dry, well drained soils. This species can be used as a street tree, and like all acacias it is a legume, which can fix nitrogen and make it available to the trees and plants around it. Deep, infrequent watering will encourage strong well developed roots that provide more support for the tree. If more of a shrub effect is required, the lead shoot should be removed. If a tree form is required, the lower branches should be removed. Prune to open the interior of the plant and to reduce die-back of shaded branches and damage by wind. Thin by removing branches entirely from the trunk. This hardy Acacia is commonly planted but never tiresome. It is useful as a multi-trunk shrubby tree and is effective for erosion control on embankments.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in the spring. Soak them in warm water until swollen first. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite, scale insects and mealy bug.

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