Bailey’s Acacia

Acacia baileyana

Acacia baileyana (Bailey's Acacia) - full tree

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Acacia baileyana (Bailey's Acacia) - full tree

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Acacia baileyana (Bailey's Acacia) - leaf & flower

Foliage detail

  • Size:

    20-30'; Spread: 20-30'

  • Growth:

    Fast

  • Character:

    Evergreen; broadly-rounded, dense canopy

  • Foliage:

    Blue-gray, feathery, 1-3" bi-pinnately compound leaves with 16-20 pairs of leaflets

  • Flower:

    Fragrant, 1/4" yellow flowers in 1-6" raceme clusters. Very showy January - March

  • Fruit:

    Flat, brown legume 2-4" long persist on tree into the fall

  • Bark:

    Rough to smooth, gray to brown, shallowly fissured

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    High. Requires base pruning to prevent it from becoming shrub-like. Prune to shape in spring. May self-sow.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established). Medium wind tolerance; any soil; some shade.

  • Special Considerations:

    Longevity estimated 30-50 years; weak wood.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Australia. Few diseases, but may get aphids or sooty mold without enough water and care. The 'Purpurea' cultivar has purple to lavender colored new growth, same height, but slightly smaller spread.