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Golden Wreath Wattle
Characteristics: Tall shrub or small tree to 5 m spread 2 m
Seeds per packets: 20
Somewhat pendulous in habit with clusters of small yellow to orange ball shaped flowers that are borne profusely from late winter to early summer.
Flowers are followed by thin long seed pods 12 cm long.
Narrow blue green phyllodes (leaves) 10-25 cm long.
Quick growing making it ideal for windbreaks, it is also well suited for re-vegetation and soils erosion projects.
Occurs across much of the Southern parts of Australia.
Prefers light to medium soils in an open sunny position. Drought and frost 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.