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Western Silver Wattle
Characteristics: Medium shrub to 4 m
Seeds per packets: 15
A medium sized shrub with grey green ferny foliage which is an attractive contrast the the profusion of bright yellow flowers that occur in spring.
A decorative shrub that can be cultivated as a specimen plant or incorporated into a shrubbery. Prune after flowering.
The Western Silver Wattle is one of a small number of acacia with true leaves rather than phyllodes.
Native to Central New South Wales and South-east Queensland.
Prefers medium to heavy soils in an open sunny position.
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.