Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle)

Acacia baileyana

Acacia baileyana

Acacias are beginning to flower and they are earlier around Adelaide and the Hills than here. This is partly the milder climate as well as a little more rain than has fallen here this winter.

Acacia baileyana is a lovely tree in flower. Unfortunately it has become an escapee plant into the wetter hills areas around Adelaide. That certainly does not happen here with this plant.

This is a really useful tree giving a wonderful floral display. It is a hardy and adaptable plant which makes a good windbreak or shelter tree. Pruning extends the life of the tree.


4 Responses to “Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle)”

  1. Marg says:

    I have a acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle)as shown above. I planted this plant in May 2007 when it was only as big as my forearm. Today it’s 3 mts high but yet no flowering and is still grey-green foliage. Is this plant a female to flower or a male with no flowering.
    Please advise
    Thanking you,

    • Corinne says:

      There is no male/female component. I would suggest that the plant is so busy growing that it cannot flower. Don’t fertilise! Also, watch the amount of water. They are hardy plants. Sometimes a struggle in the soil promotes the flowering and seed set.

  2. Jocelyn Herrmann says:

    is there a purple form of the Cootamundra Accacia Baileyana, as there is in the upright form?

    • Corinne says:

      Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle) has a form that has a purplish tinge to the leaves in the upright form. In the prostrate form which is often grown from seed which results in many variations in size, shape and ‘prostrateness’ I have not seen a purple leaf form. That does not mean that they do not exist. When looking at young plants in various nurseries, check leaf colour as well.

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