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Products > Plants - Browse Alphabetically > Acacia baileyana
 
Acacia baileyana - Fernleaf Acacia
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Mimosaceae (~Fabales)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: 20-40 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Acacia baileyana (Fernleaf Acacia) - A fast-growing small (20-30 feet tall) evergreen tree with silvery blue-gray, feathery leaves, wide-spreading (20-40 feet) canopy and weeping branches. Bright golden yellow, small, rounded flowers bloom late winter through early spring. Requires full sun to filtered shade; once established it is frost tolerant and moderately drought tolerant. Hardy to 15-20 degrees F. As with many in the genus, it is relatively short lived for a tree but for 30 years or so makes a dramatic statement in the garden as a trained-up street or patio tree or left with lower branches as a large shrub or low branched tree. In southern California this species is not known to reseed or be invasive. A great plant for slopes. It has been identified as invasive in other mediterranean climate regions of the world and has reseeded in areas within California, so is best not used near the urban–rural interface or close to sensitive wildland habitats. This plant and the 'Purpurea' cultivar both received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Acacia baileyana has a very restricted natural distribution confined to the vicinity of Cootamundra in southern New South Wales, Australia where it is commonly called the Cootamundra Wattle. 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 honors the Frederick Manson Bailey (1827-1915), Australian botanist and son of colonial botanist John Bailey (1800-1864). The species, Acacia baileyana was first introduced into California by Dr. Franceschi (Fenzi) in 1903.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive 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 baileyana.
 
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