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Acacia baileyana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Winter

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Cootamundra wattle

Family

Mimosaceae


Acacia can be deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs or climbers, with alternate, pinnately divided leaves or simple modified leaf-like stalks (phyllodes), and tiny, sometimes fragrant, flowers in short spikes, or in racemes or spikes of spherical heads

A. baileyana is a large, graceful evergreen shrub to 6m in height, with fern-like, silvery-grey leaves and axillary racemes of small, globose yellow flowerheads in winter and spring

Other common names

  • golden mimosa

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass or indoors in a loam-based potting compost in full light. When in growth water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Water sparingly in winter, keeping barely moist. Can be grown outdoors in warmer climates

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed at a minimum of 18°C in spring or root semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8 or pruning group 13 for wall-trained specimens

Pests

May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite under glass

Diseases

Generally disease free