Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
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This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the black tree maintenance tags usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Family: Fabaceae
Acacia baileyana F.Muell.
Cootamundra wattle

Black tag 241
54o 34.959N
5o 56.078W
A small tree from New South Wales, the Cootamundra wattle has attractive glaucous 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 0oC) 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.
Spring 2023 - The Acacia baileyana seems to be dead. If it doesn't sprout from the roots this year the stump will be removed. This attractive tree would be worth replacing.

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2007. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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