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Acacia Baileyana or Dealbata.

Acacia come in many shapes and sizes as they can be deciduous, or evergreen shrubs or trees, and they can even be climbers. Acacia Pycnantha, or Golden Wattle as it is commonly called, is in fact Australia’s national flower. Another common name given to Acacias is The Mimosa Tree, but they are not related at all to the Mimosa Pudica, or sensitive plant that many people like to grow as an unusual house plant.
Acacia Baileyana and Dealbata are the two most common species available here in the Uk. Dealbata is one of the hardiest and smaller ones that will typically grow to some 6 metres or so, but most Acacias grow to some 20-40 feet and many have a short lifespan of only 20-30 years. Although a Native of Australia they can be found in many warmer countries and grow as a weed in South Africa, India, Portugal, Sardinia, Florida and Hawaii to name but a few. As they are a plant of warmer climates they are perhaps best grown in pots, or large tubs here in the UK so that they can be taken into shelter for the colder winter months. Perhaps planted in a sheltered city garden that has, well drained and light sandy soil, they may survive outdoors. Although they need protection from the cold they will withstand quite strong winds as they put down deep roots that seek out water and thereby help to make them drought tolerant when they are established as well. Their strong and extensive roots can result in the plants suckering and their roots are also nitrogen fixing helping to generate the very fast growth that is typical of Acacias. In particularly dry conditions most will drop their leaves as indeed they may do in severe cold weather. They have almost Fern like, glaucous, grey green leaves and a typically yellow flower. However, there is also a purple variety called Acacia Purpurea, or The Cootamundra Wattel. After the flowers, a bean like seed pod is produced that has non toxic seeds, at least they are for humans, but they are toxic to dogs.



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