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Acacia podalyriifolia - Pearl Acacia

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Mimosaceae (~Fabales)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 12-20 feet
Width: 15-20 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Acacia podalyriifolia (Pearl Acacia) - A quick growing evergreen small tree or large shrub that grows to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide with silvery-gray round phyllodes (leaves) and small, fluffy clusters of bright yellow flowers in winter to early spring. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and avoid over irrigating in summer months unless soil drains very well. Cold hardy to 25 degrees F or a few degrees less if for short duration. Pearl Acacia can be trained into a rounded open-head tree for patio use or can be pruned back hard after flowering to maintain in bush form and can be relatively long lived if not overwatered. This plant grows naturally in Australia from woodlands and forests from southeastern Queensland to northern New South Wales but has naturalized elsewhere, including along the coast of New South Wales and Victoria. 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. The specific epithet comes from the resemblance of the foliage to plants in the South African genus Podalyria. It is also called Queensland Silver Wattle. This species was introduced into California by Dr. Franceschi (Fenzi) in 1908.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Acacia podalyriifolia.