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botanical name:
Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'
Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Purple Fern-Leaf Acacia, Cootamundra Wattle
synonyms:  Acacia baileyana var. purpurea
family:  Mimosaceae
characteristics: tree, evergreen
height: 7.50m
width: 5.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: purple
flower colour: yellow
main season: All Year
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
Large shrub or small evergreen tree. Feathery greyish purple foliage, the young leaves are deeper purple. Bright yellow mimosa type flower heads in late winter and early spring.

cultivation:
Best in mild climate areas but fairly frost hardy. Well drained soil in sun, drought tolerant once established.
Can be pruned to make more tree-like or open. Alternatively the leader can be pruned out to create a more bushy habit. Remove any dead branches, which can be caused by excessive shade.

propagation:
From cuttings, although difficult, or by seed (may be variable).

other notes:
A select seed strain of the species, first recorded occurrence was in the nursery of L. Coates, California, in the 1920s.

RHS AGM

pronounced: uh-KAY-shuh bay-lee-YAH-nuh pur-PUR-ee-uh

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