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Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'
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common name: Purple Fern-Leaf Acacia, Cootamundra Wattle
synonyms: Acacia baileyana var. purpurea
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: purple
flower colour: yellow
main season: All Year
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
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.
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.
From cuttings, although difficult, or by seed (may be variable).
A select seed strain of the species, first recorded occurrence was in the nursery of L. Coates, California, in the 1920s.
pronounced: uh-KAY-shuh bay-lee-YAH-nuh pur-PUR-ee-uh