Acacia Floribunda

A Guide to Growing Acacia Floribunda

Acacia floribunda is a perennial evergreen that is considered both a large shrub and a small tree. It is called by many names, such as gossamer wattle, white sallow wattle, and the weeping acacia. This shrub can grow as much as twenty feet in height and serves well as a hedge, shade provider, and “wind breaker”. If twenty feet tall is too large for your garden to accommodate, perhaps you should consider the commercial variety that grows to just over three feet tall.

This variety of plant is native to New South Wales, Australia, however it is also found in Southern and Western Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Tasmania. When choosing an area to plant your acacia floribunda, keep in mind that this shrub does best in a sunny spot where the soil has good drainage. In a general sense, this shrub is fairly flexible as far as soil requirements, so a decent quality soil will serve this plant well. It is a fast grower but it needs adequate moisture to really thrive. If your area gets hit by a dry spell, you will need to make an effort to keep your shrub well watered. So, when you hunt for the perfect planting spot for your acacia floribunda, be sure to consider whether it will get adequate sunlight, moisture, and space to grow. Also, this shrub should be planted in autumn weather.

After you have found the perfect planting spot, it’s time to prepare the soil for your tree. This will vary depending on whether you are growing the plant from a seed or in shrub-form from a nursery. First, we will address the process for planting your acacia from a seed. The seed of an acacia floribunda has a very hard outer coating. One may usually treat the seed by letting it soak in near-boiling water. The seed must then be planted right away to prevent it from drying out. Dig a hole in the soil about five inches into the ground, then drop the seed in. If you like, you can mix the soil that you removed from the ground with a little fertilizer or peat moss before returning it to the ground. Pack the soil nice and firm. The seed may need to be watered once or twice a week for the first month, but from then on they should get enough water from rain (unless your area experiences a drought).

To plant an acacia floribunda in a shrub form, you will need to start off by digging a hole about two or three times the size of the ball of roots. When you have done so, go ahead and mix the removed soil with fertilizer or peat moss if you like. Hold the sub in the ground while replacing the soil, but make sure that the top of the roots are level with the ground. Pack the soil down firmly and give it a little water.

Once you have potted your plant, you should see it grow quite rapidly once the spring weather hits. Although many people enjoy this plant for its aesthetic addition to the landscaping, it can also provide an aid for controlling erosion. It also has nitrogen fixing properties that make it valuable to plant near fruit trees.

Whatever your reasons are for planting your own acacia floribunda, I am sure you will find it a real joy to have around. It is not a difficult plant to maintain, nor is it overly fragile. After your first spring with this shrub, you may even find that you have a desire to plant more! Doing so is easy—just leave enough room between the plants so that they can flourish without hindrance. Good luck and happy gardening!




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