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Acacia linifolia - Flax Leafed Wattle

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Mimosaceae (~Fabales)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Cream
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [A. linearis]
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Acacia linifolia (Flax Leafed Wattle) - From the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia comes this graceful plant. It is a sparsely branched open arching shrub that grows to 6 to 10 feet tall with dark green, very narrow, linear phyllodes that densely clothe the branches and small globular heads of light cream flowers towards the branch tips. Flowering is typically from mid summer to early fall but can extend on to late winter. Plant in full coastal sun to dappled or full shade in most any soil and irrigate occasionally to regularly. Cold hardy to below 20F. This is an unusual Acacia in that it is quite tolerant of shade and heavier soils but it also is less drought tolerant than most and will require supplemental irrigation in most California gardens. The specific epithet "linifolia" is in reference to the narrow phyllodes resemblance to that of the Flax plant in the genus Linum. 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 plant was originally introduced into California as Acacia linearis by William Walker at his Golden Gate Nursery in San Francisco in 1858 and later as Acacia linifolia in 1860. It was borought into the Santa Barbara region by Dr. Francisco Franceschi, also using the name Acacia linearis. We began growing it in 2008 and stopped due to a lack of sales in 2011 - another nice plant that few people seemed to want.  The information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information that would aid others in growing Acacia linifolia.