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Acacia glaucoptera, Clay Wattle, Queen Wattle

Acacia glaucoptera

Clay Wattle, Queen Wattle
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Western Australia
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDry conditionsOrnamental foliageYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Unusual, straggling shrub to 1 m high and 1 m across. Wing-like phyllodes appear like cladodes with yellow globular flowers emerging from central stems in spring. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping. Suitable for growing in containers.





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Acacia iteaphylla , Willow-leaf Wattle

Acacia iteaphylla

Willow-leaf Wattle
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Acacia iteaphylla grows best in a well drained sunny position. It is moderately frost tolerant and moderately salt tolerant.




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Acacia mangium, Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle

Acacia mangium

Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia
Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Acacia mangium grows up to 30m tall, often with a straight trunk.

Phyllodes lanceolate or ovate, conspicuously veined, light or dark green; flower-heads rod-like, white, sparse, on hairy peduncles about 1 cm long; pods long, slender, coiled or twisted and contorted. Its uses include environmental management and wood.



Acacia mangium, Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle
Acacia mangium, Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle
Acacia mangium, Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle
Acacia mangium, Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle


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Acacia nematophylla, Acacia

Acacia nematophylla

Acacia
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant



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Acacia pendula, Weeping Myall, Silver-leaf Boree

Acacia pendula

Weeping Myall, Silver-leaf Boree
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Australia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Acacia pendula, also known as Weeping Myall, is a small deciduous tree native to Australia. Growing 10-20 feet in height, it has a spreading form with weeping growth habit and grey-green foliage. Acacia pendula is an eye-catching tree for parks, gardens and backyards.

In autumn, Acacia pendula produces clusters of yellow to orange flowers giving a beautiful display in the garden. The flowers are followed by small brown seedpods which are ingested by birds and other wildlife.

It is best grown in full sun and will tolerate low watering. While established plants may be drought tolerant, Acacia pendula will benefit from moderate amounts of water during dry periods. In warm climates, it can be grown in a pot, making an attractive feature on a balcony or patio.

The Weeping Myall is frost hardy and handles cold temperatures to at least 30 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods of time. This small tree is suitable for USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9-11.

To ensure healthy growth, it is important to follow basic plant care and maintenance. Provide a deep watering every two weeks in dry conditions, and fertilize twice a year with a general purpose fertilizer. For container-grown Acacia pendula, use a potting mix enriched with an additional 10% soil conditioner or sand for improved drainage. When growing this tree in cold regions, provide extra protection by mulching over the roots in winter and cover with a cloth or tarp in extremely cold weather.



Acacia pendula, Weeping Myall, Silver-leaf Boree


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Acacia pravissima, Ovens Wattle

Acacia pravissima

Ovens Wattle
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

A vigorous growing tree with silvery, blade-like leaves. Has a rapid growth pattern. In early spring and sometimes again in the fall, the trees are covered in puffy yellow flowers. Easy in full sun and free-draining soil. Drought tolerant.





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Acacia redolens, Trailing Acacia, Bank Catclaw

Acacia redolens

Trailing Acacia, Bank Catclaw
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallGroundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFlood tolerant

Acacia redolens grows in full sun and is considered a large shrub, 5-10 ft tall. The yellow-orange flowers are an attraction for butterflies and hummingbirds. With proper care, plant can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11. For gardeners in cold regions, the trailing acacia can be grown in a pot and brought indoors in the winter. To keep it healthy through the winter months, Acacia redolens should be placed in a sunny window and watered regularly. With plenty of sun, proper water, and occasional fertilizer, Acacia redolens will thrive indoors.

The plant is native to Australia and can be planted in a variety of landscaping situations. Its interesting and attractive foliage, along with its ability to tolerate drought, flooding, and cold temperatures make it a worthy addition to any garden. For those looking for a low-growing shrub with attractive, orange and yellow flowers, this Acacia species is a great choice.



Acacia redolens, Trailing Acacia, Bank Catclaw
Acacia redolens, Trailing Acacia, Bank Catclaw


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Acacia saligna, Golden Wattle, Long-leaved Wattle, Long-leaved Acacia, Sallow Wattle, Coast Wattle, Golden Rods

Acacia saligna

Golden Wattle, Long-leaved Wattle, Long-leaved Acacia, Sallow Wattle, Coast Wattle, Golden Rods
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Eastern Australia
Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Grows to a height of more than 20 feet, making it a good choice for providing shade and background to many other plants. It is native to Eastern Australia, however, it has been successfully grown in many other regions that have USDA hardiness zones of 9 to 11. When grown outdoors it needs to be in full sun, however it can tolerate partial shade, making it a great choice for any garden.

Acacia saligna requires moderate watering; allowing the soil to dry out slightly before watering it again. The blooms are made of multiple, yellow to orange-colored flowers that bloom for an extended period. These flowers not only look beautiful, but also serve to attract many species of butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden.

In cold regions, where temperatures often drop below below freezing, Acacia saligna can be successfully grown in larger pots. Recommended potting soil for container-grown Golden Wattle should include a combination of peat moss, compost, and perlite or vermiculite. To ensure healthy growth, it is important to make sure that the soil is kept moist, but not soggy. During the winter months, it is recommended to position the pot in an area of the garden that will receive some protection from the elements. Also, remember to wrap the pot in bubble wrap or other insulating material to protect it from frost.





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Acacia sp., Prickly Moses, Khair

Acacia sp.

Prickly Moses, Khair
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsWhite, off-white flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Pale yellow flowers in short spikes.

Grows well in dry climates. Water occasionally, will tolerate mild droughts. Grows well in most soil types and will stand salt spray.





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Acalypha godseffiana, Copper Leaf, Beefsteak Plant, Fire dragon, Jacobs coat, Match-me-if-you-can, Three-seeded Mercury

Acalypha godseffiana

Copper Leaf, Beefsteak Plant, Fire dragon, Jacobs coat, Match-me-if-you-can, Three-seeded Mercury
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Fiji
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsOrnamental foliageSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Acalypha godseffiana, also known as Copperleaf or Joseph's Coat, is a tropical shrub that is native to the East Indies and the Pacific. It is prized for its colorful and striking foliage, which ranges in shade from red and yellow to orange, bronze, copper, green, and white in full sunlight, and is mostly variegated green in the shade. The more sun it receives, the brighter the foliage will appear.

Acalypha godseffiana is a fast-growing plant that is often used as an informal hedge or massed bedding plant by tropical gardeners. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil and should be carefully pruned to prevent it from becoming leggy. When established, it is drought-tolerant and can thrive in USDA zones 9-11 in its natural habitat.

There are a number of cultivars of Acalypha godseffiana available, which come in a variety of colors such as green and white, green and yellow, red, bronze, copper, or brown. The leaves also vary in form, with some being flat and others undulating. The flowers of this plant are inconspicuous.

Acalypha godseffiana is a popular choice for tropical gardens due to its attractive foliage and easy care requirements. Just be sure to provide it with full sun and well-drained soil, and remember to prune it regularly to maintain its shape and size.





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