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Products > Acacia podalyriifolia
Acacia podalyriifolia - Pearl Acacia
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Mimosaceae (~Fabales)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 12-20 feet
Width: 15-20 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Acacia podalyriifolia (Pearl Acacia) - A quick growing evergreen small tree or large shrub that grows to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide with silvery-gray round phyllodes (as it leaf-like flattened petioles) and small, fluffy clusters of bright yellow flowers in winter to early spring.

Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and avoid over irrigating in summer months unless soil drains very well. Cold hardy to 25 degrees F or a few degrees less if for short duration. Pearl Acacia can be trained into a rounded open-head tree for the patio or garden or can be pruned back hard after flowering to maintain in bush form and is relatively long lived if not overwatered.

This plant grows naturally in Australia from woodlands and forests from southeastern Queensland to northern New South Wales but has naturalized elsewhere, including along the coast of New South Wales and Victoria. The name Acacia comes either from the Greek word 'akazo' meaning "to sharpen" or from the Egyptian word 'akakia', a name given to the Egyptian Thorn, Acacia arabica. The specific epithet comes from the resemblance of the foliage to plants in the South African genus Podalyria. It is also called Queensland Silver Wattle.

This species was introduced into California by the Santa Barbara based Italian botanist Dr Francesco Franceschi (AKA Emanuele Orazio Fenzi) in 1908 and we have grown it at our nursery since 1980. 

This information about Acacia podalyriifolia displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.