We all know that wattles get a bad rap for growing quickly, becoming sparse and also attacked by borers, many people won’t plant Acacias purely based on their shorter lifespan, not me I plant them whenever possible and to be honest 8-10 years feels like a pretty long time to me right now 😉
However there are a small hand full of Acacia species that are long lived and thankfully the beautiful Acacia pendula is one of them.
The specimen in these images is growing in the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens and has been allowed to get to its full height of a small to medium tree, growing between 6 and 10 metres. It makes a fantastic feature tree and is also good for screening due to its dense weeping habit, it can easily be pruned and kept as a large shrub.
Acacia pendula grows naturally in western NSW and QLD ensuring it is very drought and frost tolerant, I have been growing one in Wollongong from tubestock with great success, showing it doesn’t seem to mind a heavier clay soil or humidity.
At the time of taking these photos it was a very hot summers day with a strong breeze, the leaves swishing all over the place, making it hard to photograph. This is one of the aspects I love about soft weeping foliaged plants, they move so easily in the breeze giving the impression of the environment being cooler than it actually is.
So what is not to love about this Wattle? it full-fills many of my favourite characteristics in a native plant!