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Acacia podalyriifolia - A.Cunn. ex G.Don.

Common Name Queensland Silver Wattle, Pearl wattle
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats In the N of its range it is more or less restricted to sandstone hills in open Eucalyptus forest, but in the south it occurs on rocks of various types[286].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland.
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Acacia podalyriifolia Queensland Silver Wattle, Pearl wattle


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Acacia podalyriifolia is an evergreen Tree growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from January to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers.
Edible Uses:

Flowers - cooked[144]. Rich in pollen, they are often used in fritters[183]. The flowers have a delicate sweet perfume[245].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Dye;  Soil stabilization.

A yellow dye is obtained from the flowers[168]. A green dye is obtained from the seed pods[168]. When planted on steep slopes or other fragile soil systems, the extensive root system of this plant binds the soil together and helps to prevent erosion[200].

Cultivation details

Prefers a sandy loam and a very sunny position[1]. Succeeds in any good garden soil that is not excessively limey[11, 167]. Many members of this genus become chlorotic on limey soils[200]. Can succeed in a hot dry position in a mixed border[166]. Plants are not very cold-hardy, tolerating temperatures down to about -3°c[260]. They succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of Britain, though even there they can be cut back to the ground in severe winters[1, 11]. A very ornamental tree[1], it can be pruned back hard after flowering in order to induce good flowering the following year[260]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a warm greenhouse[1]. Stored seed should be scarified, pre-soaked for 12 hours in warm water and then sown in a warm greenhouse in March. The seed germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 25°c[133]. As soon as the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots and grow them on in a sunny position in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in individual pots in a frame[78]. Overwinter in a greenhouse for the first winter and plant out in their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Fair percentage[78].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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