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Acacia pravissima AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring and Winter

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Oven's 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. pravissima is an evergreen shrub to 5m or more, with crowded, triangular leaf-like phyllodes and racemes of small rich yellow flower-heads in late winter and early spring

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

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Mediterranean Climate Plants 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