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Summer Rain Wattle
Characteristics: Shrub or small tree to 2-7 m
Seeds per packet: Approx 20
Shrub or small tree with attractive minni-ritchi bark and silvery coloured branchlets with fine silky hairs. Bright yellow flower cylindrical on short stalk's in the phyllode (leaf) axils spring.
Each phyllode (leaves) are 8 -20 cm long.
Prefers a light well-drained soil in a sunny position. Drought resistant and tolerant of light frosts.
Occurs naturally in the Eremaean Province and South-West Province of Western Australia.
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.