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Characteristics: Shrub or small tree to 1.5 to 4 m ocassionally 8
Seeds per packets: Approx 8
An attractive flowering Acacia with dark red-purple flower buds opening to attractive yellow flowers with red centres from May to October in its natural distribution range.
Typically a gnarled shrub or tree 1.5 to 4 metres occasionally up to 8 meter in height with thick corky bark and ovate to elliptic prickly phyllodes (leaves)
Endemic to the hot dryer regions of the Pilbara in Western Australia extending east into the sandy regions of the Northern Territory.
Adaptable to sandy, loamy and rocky soils that are well drained. Drought tolerant with the ability to survive on minimal 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.