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Acacia vestita - Hairy Wattle

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Mimosaceae (~Fabales)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 12-16 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 vestita (Hairy Wattle) - A dense growing tall shrub or small tree to 12-15 feet tall by equal spread. The long pendulous branches are covered with soft gray-green leaves (technically phyllodes) that are narrow, 1/2 to 3/4 inches long and held close to the stems. The golden yellow flowers are dense globular heads on held in loose racemes at the branch tips in the spring. A very adaptable shrub which tolerates both short periods of wet soil as well as fairly dry periods. Hardy to 20-25 degrees F. Tolerates pruning of young wood (does not regenerate from old wood) but do this after flowering and use care not to neglectfully destroy its beautiful pendulous character. Is an attractive plant even out of bloom and can be stunning when flowering and can be used as a low wind break or specimen plant. Hairy Wattle comes from New South Wales, Australia where on the western slopes and southern tablelands. 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 Latin word meaning "covered" or "clothed" in reference to the soft hairs covering the leaves. Another common name used for this plant in Australia is Weeping Boree. This species was introduced into cultivation in California by William Walker at his Golden Gate Nursery in San Francisco in 1858 and we have grown this beautiful plant since 1996.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, 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 where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Acacia vestita.