Acacia baileyana F.Muell.

Cootamundra wattle

Family: Fabaceae
54º 34.959N
5º 56.078W

The tree tag number relates to the black tree-maintenance tags, usually fixed on the trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.

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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