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Products > Acacia covenyi
Acacia covenyi - Blue Bush

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Mimosaceae (~Fabales)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 12-20 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Acacia covenyi (Blue Bush) - A fast growing shrub or small tree to 20 feet tall with smooth dark gray stems and silver-blue 1 to 2 inch long elliptic leaves (phyllodes). In spring appear the 1/2 inch wide globular bright yellow flower heads that are held in upright racemes about the length of the phyllodes. Plant in full sun in a relatively well-drained soil, though tolerant of clay so long as it drains and does not remain waterlogged. Requires little to no irrigation. Tolerates hard frosts and temperatures below 15 F. This plant makes a beautiful small tree or large shrub and can be lightly pinched or sheared to make a dense hedge. It is not considered a long lived plant so don't expect more than 15 years from it and occasionally stems are crested, also known as fasciation, and these stems are best pruned out. Acacia covenyi grows naturally in southeastern New South Wales, Australia, where it is relatively rare. The specific epithet honors Robert 'Bob' G. Coveny, a botanical collector at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. 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. Our sales manager Peggy Koegler and husband John first noticed the beauty of this plant while in Australia and then we were given our first plant by Jo O'Connell of Australian Native Plant Nursery and this plant has become a beautiful specimen in front of our Accounting office and we have sold it since 2003.  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 covenyi.