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Characteristics: Medium shrub small tree to 8 m spread 4 m
Seeds per packets: 25
A medium sized shrub with an stem with smooth bark and a stately habit. Flowers prolifically from spring, summer and autumn with masses of large deep golden yellow in clusters.
Phyllodes (leaves) are bright green and sickle shaped around 15 cm long.
This medium shrub to small tree is an excellent garden plant.
Occurring in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
Prefers shallow sandy soils in and open sunny position. Drought and frost tolerant but protect from frost whilst young.
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.