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Products > Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'
 
Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' - Purple Fernleaf Acacia
  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Mimosaceae (~Fabales)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: 20-30 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Acacia baileyana (Fernleaf Acacia) - A fast-growing small evergreen tree that typically grows no taller than 20 feet with a wide-spreading canopy 20 to 40 feet wide with weeping branches holding silvery blue-gray, feathery leaves that are tinged with purple when emerging. Sweetly fragrant bright golden-yellow flowers, in small globose clusters appear in late winter through early spring. Plant in full sun to light filtered shade; once established it is frost tolerant and moderately drought tolerant. Hardy to 15-20 degrees F. As with many in the genus, it is relatively short lived for a tree but for 30 years or so makes a dramatic statement in the garden as a trained-up street or patio tree or left with lower branches as a large shrub or low branched tree. In southern California this species is not known to reseed or be invasive. A great plant for slopes. This plant received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Acacia baileyana grows naturally in southern New South Wales, Australia where it is commonly called the Cootamundra Wattle. The specific epithet honors the Frederick Manson Bailey (1827-1915), Australian botanist and son of colonial botanist John Bailey (1800-1864). The name Acacia comes either from the Greek word 'akazo' meaning "to sharpen" or from the Egyptian word 'akakia', a name given to the Egyptian Thorn, Acacia arabica.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' .
 
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