Last Wattle for the Season: Acacia argyrophylla

OK I promise this is the last Acacia profile for the year, usually I try and mix it up a lot more on my blog. I am well aware the page is now aglow with lovely yellow ball flowers which may look all the same to some people. But I just can’t help it, the Acacias seem to be one of the survivors in this hideous dry windy weather we are having, not only surviving but some are thriving.

This is Acacia argyrophylla or Silver Mulga, a native to Victoria and South Australia, it likes it dry, it is grows into a dense 2 metre high and 2 metre wide shrub. The best thing about it is its naturally compact habit and bright silvery leaves.

I have been growing it in my garden for about 7 years and never pruned it, see the image above. It cops a lot of wind and I never water it and it has grown happily into this lovely ball shape.

The new growth is a limey green and the tiny ball flowers bud up for 6 months or more before exploding in spring.

It combines well with green grasses and Casuarina ‘Green Wave’ as you can see in the image above, this makes a hardy coastal garden arrangment.

There is a dwarf form available too which should stay around 1 metre by 1 metre, the only thing about this Acacia is it is a little slow growing, perhaps that is a result of its density?

I have found this species difficult to source in NSW but here’s to hoping it is more easily available in its native home states, as it seems to be a wonderful addition to an ornamental native garden.

 

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