ACACIA alata var alata
Stock: 277 Available
Characteristics: Small shrub 30 cm to 1.5 m
Seeds per packets: 15
An attractive upright or spreading multi-branching shrub with white-cream/yellow flowers mostly two per axil occur along the length of the phyllode giving a spectacular display from May to December depending on the location.
An unusual acacia with “winged” phyllode (leaves) 2-20 mm wide and 5-70 mm long ranging from 30 cm to 1.5 metres in height depending on the conditions.
A frost-hardy Acacia distributed throughout the southern corner of Western Australia.
Adaptable to a range of soil providing it is well drained. Drought tolerant and frost hardy.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Acacia seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
- Place the seed in a container and pour in just boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
- The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
- Sow the depth of seed keep warm & moist but not wet.
- Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 18-22C.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.