Acacia pravissimaItem #4975 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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A fast growing, low-branching, small evergreen tree from Australia with superb blue-green foliage displayed on a graceful, slightly weeping form. A flurry of soft yellow, honey-scented flowers covers the plant in late winter. Thrives in coastal conditions and quite drought tolerant when established.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 12 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-KAY-see-uh prav-ISS-ee-muhPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:WeepingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 12 to 20 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:Late Winter to Early SpringFlower color:YellowDesign IdeasAn exceptional plant for creating a large informal background or hedge, it's pendulous branching will provide wonderful texture. Spot into the landscape where a brilliant display of yellow will be welcome in late winter, when color is lacking in many landscapes. In our out of bloom, the foliage is prized for floral arrangements.Companion PlantsDwarf Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus); Bottlebrush (Callistemon); California Lilac (Ceanothus); Euryops (Euryops); Cordyline (Cordyline)
- CareCare InformationVery adaptable but prefers a well-drained, neutral or acidic soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Acacia pravissima is native to Victoria, the South West Slopes and Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. Commonly known as Ovens Wattle or Wedge leaved Wattle, it was first described in 1882 by Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller. Recipient of RHS Award of Garden Merit, 2002.Lore:The name Acacia comes from the Greek akis 'pointed object', referring to the thorny nature of a number of plants within this genus. Pravissima is derived from the Latin pravus 'crooked' or 'misshapen', in reference to the shape of the phyllodes which are the broadened leaf-like petioles that function like leaf blades.