Widely used in landscaping, Acacia floribunda is a fast-growing small tree with a natural weeping or pendulous habit.
It works well as a background tree in the garden border and is useful in new landscaping projects as it establishes a good size quickly. It is also suited for use as an informal screen or windbreak.
The flowers are a paler yellow than many other Acacia, cylindrical in shape, around 4 – 5cm in length and attractive.
Three forms are available :
- The low-growing Acacia floribunda compact dwarf form will reach less than 1m in height in most conditions.
- Acacia floribunda x genistifolia, which is a hybrid.
- The species A. floribunda.
How to Grow Gossamer Wattle
Once established, this is a very low-care species.
- Plant in full sun to light shade after digging over the soil well.
- Soil needs to be well-drained throughout the year.
- In poor soils, a little compost added can be beneficial.
- Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- An annual application of a Native Plant fertiliser will assist with growth rate.
This is a species that can be pruned to maintain size and shape.
From seed, which will need scarification to germinate.
- Botanical name – Acacia floribunda
- Common names – Sallow Wattle, Gossamer Wattle, White Sally, Sally Wattle
- Family – Fabaceae
- Position – Full to part sun to afternoon shade
- Soil – Well drained
- Height – To around 6m
- Spread – To around 3 – 4m
- Flowers – Pale yellow
- Flowering time – Late winter to spring
- Foliage – Mid-green
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Drought tolerant – Yes
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