Acacia aphylla the ‘Leafless Rock Wattle’
One of the most interesting of all of the wattles is Acacia aphylla, it has the trademark yellow flowers we find on many wattle trees, however is strikingly different in growth habit.
Acacia aphylla or ‘Leafless Rock Wattle’ is found around Perth this spiny looking plant is actually soft to touch. Grown as a foliage plant, this is actually a succulent and is adapted to extremely harsh conditions.
The term ‘aphylla’ actually means with no leaves and it is a beautiful wattle when in flower. Prune hard every 2-3 years or Acacia aphylla will start to look a little leggy.
Requires excellent drainage, yellow flower like little yellow balls cover this fascinating plant in spring.
These plants can be pruned after flowering and pruning can be harsh, to around 30cm from the ground.
Regrowth will commence in a month or two and in 8 months the new foliage will be an attraction in the garden.
Acacia aphylla or ‘Leafless Rock Wattle’ – Summary Information
- Height – Will reach around 3 metres in height.
- Spread – To around 2 metres.
- Growth Rate – Fast.
- Soil – Well drained.
- Position – Best in full sun.
- Foliage – No foliage as we know it, the foliage is modified to appear as stems.
- Flowers – Yellow
- Flowering period – Spring.
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