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Characteristics: Shrub 1-5 m
Seeds per packets: 15
One of Australia's showiest Wattle with an erect slender stem and spectacular displays of flowers occurring with deep yellow balls on long stalks in spring.
Bright green phyllodes (leaves) 2.5 cm long that are narrow and sticky.
Endemic to Western Australia.
Prefers a light well drained soil in an open sunny position. Well suited to sandy soils and long dry summers. Drought resistant and moderately frost tolerant.
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.