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Ear Pod Wattle
Characteristics: Tree 15-30 m spread 5-10 m
Seeds per packets: 10
A fast-growing attractive tree with a dense foliage and creamy yellow and sweetly scented flowers 8 cm long that occur profusely during spring. Leaves are thick and leathery 10-15cm long and 1.5-2.5cm wide.
Another attractive feature of this tree is the twisted seed pods which initially start off straight before coming twisted. Makes a good specimen or shade tree.
Naive to Queensland and the Northern Territory it also occurs naturally in Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea
Adaptable to most soil types, full sun to part shade although flowering will be more profuse in full sun. Drought resistance but frost tender,
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Acacia seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.