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Characteristics: Small spreading tree to 3-6 m
Seeds per packet: 15
A fast growing small spreading tree with a short trunk and arching branches with fine feathery leaves blue grey in colour. Fragrant golden yellow flower clusters in late winter.
Widely used as a garden feature or shade tree, when in full bloom it is a spectacular sight with the flowers covering the whole tree.
Endemic to New South Wales although naturalised in other states.
Easily grown in most temperate areas and suited to a range of soils provided it is reasonably free draining.
Flowers best in full sun, frost and 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.
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.