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River Wattle or Bower Wattle or River Wattle
Characteristics: Weeping shrub or small tree 3 to 10 m
Seeds per packets: 20
A spectacular shrub or small tree with pendulous branches and an attractive weeping habit that produces pale yellow ball shaped flowers during winter and spring.
Makes a good specimen plant in the garden or screening plant.
Prefers a heavy moist, well-drained soil in a protected sunny or semi-shade position. Drought and frost resistant.
Occurring naturally in the South Australia and New South Wales.
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.