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River Cooba, Eumona
Characteristics:Bushy weeping tree 4-20m
Seeds per packets: 10
An attractive erect tree with weeping pendulous branches and narrow phyllodes (leaves) up to 30 cm long.
Flowering occurs profusely in short sprays of yellow balls during winter but can occur throughout the year although they are generally not so profuse.
Prefers heavy soils in a protected sunny position. Drought and frost resistant.
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.