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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. 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.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Acacia baileyana.
 
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