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Acacia spectabilis - Mudgee Wattle

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Mimosaceae (~Fabales)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 10-12 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Acacia spectabilis (Mudgee wattle) A very attractive small tree to 12 feet tall that has silvery-white branches that weep at their tips holding feathery bright green bipinnate leaves - uniquely, these fine bipinnate leaves stay with the plant for its entire lifespan and do not mature into the phyllodes common with most other Acacia. In late winter (March in our garden) appear the attractive small balls of 20 to 35 tiny lightly scented bright yellow flowers whose weight bows down branch tips. Grows well inland and along the coast where it can be plant in full sun to part shade in most any soil from well drained to clay that drains well and is not overly alkaline. Irrigate occasionally to very little - quite drought tolerant once established. It is hardy to around 18F. Responds well to pruning to shape when young and a light shearing of spent flowers to encourage denser foliage, but avoid cutting into hard wood as this will not resprout. It is an attractive plant year round because of its delicate foliage and beautiful flowers. It is recommended by Jo O'Connell at Australian Native Plant Nursey who notes it to be a very beautiful tree for smaller gardens. Acacia spectabilis occurs naturally in dry sclerophyll forest and heath in New South Wales and Queensland. The name for the genus 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 means "showy" in reference to the flowering of this plant. The common name Mudgee is in reference to the town by this name in the fertile Cudgegong River but this plant naturally grows over a wide area west of the Great Dividing Range. Other common names include Glory Wattle, Pilliga Wattle and Golden Wattle. This plant was first introduced into California by the Santa Barbara's Dr. Franceschi in 1910. We thanks Jo O'Connell at Australian Native Plant Nursey for introducing this attractive plant to us and allowing us to use her picture of it.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Acacia spectabilis.