The genus Acacia is a member of the Pea family that occurs over many continents. Many Acacias have adopted the common name “Wattle” that originated many years ago from a building style designed by early settlers. Today Acacia wood is still used in some countries to make furniture and tools. There are hundreds of species, hybrids and selections of Wattles in production throughout the world. Acacias vary greatly in foliage texture and colors. Wattles may have tiny, delicate, feathery leaves, long, leathery foliage, sickle-shaped leaves or thin needle-like foliage. Foliage colors range from gray, green, green-gray to purple and blue gray. In California, Acacias begin blooming in the winter and continue into the early summer. Acacia spectabilis Though the flowers of some Acacias may not be considered ornamental, other species, hybrids and selections have amazingly vivid white and yellow flowers. Many species of Acacia attract wildlife for food and shelter. Acacias can be found growing naturally throughout Australia’s many climates, which enables consumers to find the perfect match for any landscape setting. Some species are considered to be very drought tolerant, while other species prefer regular water. Nearly all Acacias have a high tolerance for poor soils, wind and temperatures into the 20’s. Acacias can also be successfully used for erosion control.
REQUIREMENTS: Most Acacias prefer full sun, and require little supplemental watering after established