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Acacia dealbata

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Wattle

A fine display of scented flowers in early spring

A large shrub or small tree producing clouds of fragrant yellow flowers in late winter and early spring. The finely divided bluish-grey leaves are held all year and make a superb foil for the flowers.

Where?

Hardy in milder areas of the UK. An exotic looking plant for the back of a border. Plant in a sunny, sheltered location as a hard frost may damage the new growth.

How?

A well-drained, neutral or slightly acid soil is preferred as the leaves tend to lose their colour on chalky soils. Acacias may also be grown in a large container as a handsome greenhouse or conservatory plant.

Acacias are native to Australia and are also commonly known as Wattle

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering January - March
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 300 cm - 1000 cm
Plant width 300 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden, Mediterranean garden

Typically available

From February to September