Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
A small tree from New South Wales, the Cootamundra wattle has attractive glaucus leaves and almost white young stems. The flowers are a bright yellow produced in our northern hemisphere winter. It was introduced in 1888 and received an RHS Award of Merit in 1927 and later an Award of Garden Merit. It is described as half-hardy (down to 0degC) and is grown in Belfast Botanic Gardens in a warm sheltered South-West facing border. The Cootamundra Wattle is used in the cut flower industry.