• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Compact and Carefree
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-KAY-see-uh kog-NAY-tuh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:16 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact, Mounding, Weeping
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsCypress (Cupressus); Lavender (Lavandula); Bottlebrush (Callistemon); Fig (Ficus); Rosemary (Rosmarinus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy to grow in most average soils, provided it is very well-drained. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This cultivar originated in Victoria region of Australia from a batch of seedlings of Acacia cognata, selected for its compact size by Peter Golup of Mt. Evelyn, Australia. First marketed by Bush Magik Plants, it was introduced to the U.S. in 2010 under the trade name "Cousin It".