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Acacia saligna

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Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Acacia (a-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: saligna (sal-LIG-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Acacia cyanophylla

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Category:
Trees

Height:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:
Blue-Green

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive RedneckGrower On Mar 27, 2008, RedneckGrower wrote:

Fast-growing evergreen, useful as a small tree or large shrub. Can prune at will. Probably short-lived, but that's OK for such a fast-growing and easily propagated plant. I use them as informal screens and specimens. Can be invasive. Yellow flowers. The description of the plant above indicates that the plant is thorny, though mine have no thorns (perhaps they will develop later as they get older? I have locusts that develop thorns as the plant matures); confusingly, some descriptions on the web describe this species as having long thorns, and some list is as thornless. Sometimes listed as Acacia cyanophylla, which apparently is an older name. Plants used as livestock feed in some countries. Drought tolerant, but grow quicker if watered periodically during the summer.

I grow mine from seeds. Seeds easy to start; I nick and soak mine, and start them on a moist paper towel in a plastic bag. As seeds germinate (in only a few days/weeks), I move them to small pots. Seem to grow quickest when transplanted into the ground while quite small and not root-bound (similar to eucalyptus seedlings).

Seedlings are variable in form, habit, and even hardiness. Most of my plants survived the winter very well, and were putting on new growth in Feb. Some of the faster growing plants succumbed to freezing, however, and don't appear to be coming back this spring.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Yuma, Arizona
Bonadelle Ranchos-madera Ranchos, California
Las Vegas, Nevada



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