DICHROSTACHYS spicata

Pied Piper Bush

SKU: N 22100
Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Fabaceae

Subfamily: Mimosoideae

Characteristics: Shrub 1-3 m

Seed per packet: 12

$4.25 AUD Excl. GST

Dichrostachys Spicata is a spiny, deciduous shrub or small tree with a rounded crown and pleasant smelling fluffy flowers 25-50mm long.
The flowers are lilac in the upper half and yellow in the lower occurring in spring.

Rough yellow to grey-brown and twice-compound leaves are very variable in size with 4 to 19 pairs of pinnae and each pinna with 9 to 41 pairs of leaflets, giving it an Acacia-like appearance.

Native across the top end of Australia.

Adaptable to most soils in an open sunny warm position, drought tolerant but frost tender when young.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C for this species.

Seed 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.

  1. Place the seed in a container and pour in just boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow the depth of seed width keep warm & moist but not wet.
  4. Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 18-22°C.

General notes:
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.

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