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Snowy River Wattle
Characteristics: Erect or spreading shrub 1-4 m
Seeds per packets: 15
An erect or spreading shrub 1-4 metres but more typically around 2 metres tall with narrow phyllodes (leaves) 8 cm long.
Bright yellow flowers occur during August to September in it natural range.
Distribution of this species is mainly in the upper catchment of the Snowy River (hence the common name) south from the Cooma district in New South Wales to the highlands of Victoria. It also occurs outside its natural range in the ACT where it has been widely cultivated and has become naturalized.
Full sun to part shade but will flower more profusely in full sun. Suited to most soils that are well drained. Frost hardy; will tolerate frosts to -7 C.
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.