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 (as it leaf-like flattened petioles) 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 the patio or garden or can be pruned back hard after flowering to maintain in bush form and is 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 the Santa Barbara based Italian botanist Dr Francesco Franceschi (AKA Emanuele Orazio Fenzi) in 1908 and we have grown it at our nursery since 1980.
Information about Acacia podalyriifolia displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.