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Acacia

Acacia is a large genus of over 1300 species of deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs or climbers that are prized for their feathery foliage and showy blooms. Fast-growing, these native to tropical and subtropical regions of the world are distinguished by their small, often fragrant flowers, which are borne in compact clusters at the branch tips. Fast-growing, they are relatively short lived (20 to 30 years) but require little care, are usually pest free, deer resistant, tolerate poor and dry soils, and increase the beauty of the garden.

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Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' (Cootamundra Wattle)

Fast-growing, Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' (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 leaves. Emerging lavender to purple, the leaves turn blue-gray as they mature.

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Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle)

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

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Acacia cultriformis (Knife Acacia)

Acacia cultriformis (Knife Acacia) is a small, multi-stemmed, evergreen tree of rounded to vase-shaped habit adorned with silvery-gray leaves shaped like paring knife blades. The foliage remains lovely all year round. In spring, masses of scented, fluffy, yellow flowers cover the branches and create a striking floral display. Relatively long-lived (50 years), Knife Acacia makes a dramatic focal point.

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Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle)

Fast-growing, Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle) is an evergreen shrub or small tree of loose and architectural habit with a high canopy of finely divided blue-green to silver gray leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm). The foliage remains appealing all year round. In late winter to early spring, clouds of fragrant, ball-shaped, fluffy yellow flowers held in large racemes appear on the branch tips.

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Acacia farnesiana (Sweet Acacia)

Prized for its highly fragrant flowers, Acacia farnesiana (Sweet Acacia) is a semi-evergreen multi-trunked shrub or small tree with a naturally spreading, vaselike shape. Its zig-zag stems are fully armed with sharp thorns and clad with feathery, finely divided leaflets of a soft green color. Clouds of small, bright golden-yellow, puff-like flowers, 1/2 in. (1 cm), appear in clusters in late winter to early spring, then sporadically after each new flush of growth, providing a long-lasting floral display.

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Acacia podalyriifolia (Pearl Acacia)

Fast-growing, Acacia podalyriifolia (Pearl Acacia) is a large evergreen shrub or small tree adorned with silvery-gray round leaves that are satiny to the touch. The foliage remains lovely all year round. In late winter to early spring, masses of scented, fluffy, pale yellow flowers cover the branches and create a striking floral display.

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Acacia retinodes (Swamp Wattle)

Fast-growing, Acacia retinodes (Swamp Wattle) is a large spreading evergreen shrub or small tree of oval or rounded habit with narrowly lance-shaped, gray-green to light green leaves. Blooming intermittently through the year, clouds of bright lemon-yellow, small, rounded flowers held in short axillary racemes cover the branches and create a striking floral display. The blossoms attract nectar feeding birds and butterflies.

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