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Characteristics: Large shrub or small tree to 8 m
Seeds per packets: 8
A multi-trunked shrub or small tree with blooms of sweetly scented golden yellow flowers.
Widely used in the perfume industry in Europe where the flowers are processed through distillation to produce a perfume called Cassie.
Originates from Mexico and Central America and has become naturalised in parts of Australia, Asia and Africa.
Prefers a free draining soil in full sun. Drought tolerant but looks better and hold leaves longer with an adequate supply of water.
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.