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Characteristics: Medium tree
Seeds per packet: 15
A small tree typically lees than 10 metres in height with compact and moderately hard bark, grey-brown in colour showing red-brown in the fissures.
Young shoots are covered with silky, golden yellow hairs. Ffaintly perfumed almost white to pale yellow flowers 3-4 cm long.
A tree to 25 m tall and 40 cm diameter in moist parts of the tropics, on drier sites of its natural range it is a small tree less than 10 m in height.
Prefers deep well draining soils in a protected semi shaded position. Drought and frost resistant. Suited to areas of high rainfall.
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.