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Acacia pycnantha (Golden wattle)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
8m
Max height
6m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Acacia pycnantha

Other names

Golden wattle

Genus

Acacia Acacia

Species

A. pycnantha - A. pycnantha is a compact, rounded to spreading, often short-lived, borderline hardy, evergreen tree with glossy, flattened, sickle-shaped, dark green leaf stalks resembling leaves. Racemes of fragrant, spherical, golden-yellow flowers with long stamens bloom from late winter to late spring or early summer. Flowers are followed by long, green seed pods ripening brown.


Acacia pycnantha is: Evergreen

Habit

Rounded, Spreading

Toxicity

Seeds may cause discomfort if ingested unless cooked or heated.

Flower

Golden-yellow in Spring; Golden-yellow in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Specific pests

Mealybugs , Glasshouse red spider mite , Scale insects Mealybugs , Glasshouse red spider mite , Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8.

Propagation

Soak seed in hot water prior to sowing. Sow seed at 25C in early spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Acacia pycnantha (Golden wattle) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 6m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Drought Tolerant, Specimen tree, Wind-breaker

Cultivation

Best in poor, well-drained, neutral to acid, sandy loam in sun. Drought tolerant once established. Will be chlorotic on alkaline soil. Acacia pycnantha is the official floral emblem of Australia. Considered invasive in many introduced areas including South Africa, Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Portugal, and California.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Acacia pycnantha

Other names

Golden wattle

Genus

Acacia Acacia

Species

A. pycnantha - A. pycnantha is a compact, rounded to spreading, often short-lived, borderline hardy, evergreen tree with glossy, flattened, sickle-shaped, dark green leaf stalks resembling leaves. Racemes of fragrant, spherical, golden-yellow flowers with long stamens bloom from late winter to late spring or early summer. Flowers are followed by long, green seed pods ripening brown.

Native to

Australia

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Rounded, Spreading

Toxicity

Seeds may cause discomfort if ingested unless cooked or heated.


Colour

Flower

Golden-yellow in Spring; Golden-yellow in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Specific pests

Mealybugs , Glasshouse red spider mite , Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8.

Propagation

Soak seed in hot water prior to sowing. Sow seed at 25C in early spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Acacia pycnantha (Golden wattle) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 6m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Drought Tolerant, Specimen tree, Wind-breaker

Cultivation

Best in poor, well-drained, neutral to acid, sandy loam in sun. Drought tolerant once established. Will be chlorotic on alkaline soil. Acacia pycnantha is the official floral emblem of Australia. Considered invasive in many introduced areas including South Africa, Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Portugal, and California.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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