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Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle)

Cootamundra Wattle, Bailey Acacia, Golden Mimosa, Fernleaf Acacia


Fast-growing, Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle) is a large, graceful evergreen shrub or small tree adorned with a wide-spreading canopy and weeping branches clothed in feathery, finely cut, blue-gray leaves. The foliage remains appealing all year round. In late winter to early spring, clouds of bright golden-yellow, small, rounded flowers held in axillary racemes cover the branches and create a striking floral display. Relatively short-lived (30 years), Cootamundra Wattle (named after the small town of Cootamundra in New South Wales, Australia) makes a dramatic statement in the garden. A great plant for slopes and banks.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 20-30 ft. tall (6-9 m) and 20-40 ft. wide (6-12 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in neutral to acid, moist, well-drained soils. Water sparingly in winter, keeping barely moist.
  • A charming addition to Mediterranean gardens, wall-side borders.
  • Prune immediately after flowering.
  • Generally trouble-free, but keep an eye out for glasshouse red spider mite under glass.
  • Propagate by seed at a minimum of 18°C in spring or root semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.
  • Native to Australia (New South Wales).
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Heat Zones 10 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Acacia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 20' – 40' (6m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Heat Zones 10 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Acacia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 20' – 40' (6m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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