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ACACIA coriacea

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Wirewood Wattle

Family: Fabaceae

Subfamily: Mimosaceae

Characteristics: Shrub 3m speard 3m

Seeds per packets: 8

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An upright growing Wattle that is considered one of the most decorative Wattle’s with its silvery weeping canopy.

Linear leathery leaves with silvery grey foliage. Yellow flowers balls are followed by unusual twisted, knobbly, large seed pods.

It has a wild variation of forms in the wild with a maximum height between 8 and 10 metres although it can often be smaller in dryer regions.

One of the longer lived Wattles this hardy plant grows naturally in areas of seasonal extremes in arid regions often with long dry seasons and monsoonal rains.

Endemic to the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia.

Prefers a sandy well drained soil. Extremely drought tolerant.

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.

  1. Place the seed in a container and pour in just boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow the depth of seed keep warm & moist but not wet.
  4. 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.


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