Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'

Cootamundra wattle

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Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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Small tree or large shrub with graceful, fern-like leaves tinted purple and deep purple-red young shoots. From winter to spring, fluffy yellow flowers are produced. Being tender, it is best suited to growing in a conservatory or greenhouse. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Mimosaceae

Genus: Acacia

Species: baileyana

Cultivar: Purpurea

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 700cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to take cuttings: July to August

Flowering period: February to April

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