Acacia baileyana Purpurea

Purple Cootamundra Wattle

A purple cultivar of the golden mimosa or Cootamundra wattle from New South Wales, Acacia baileyana Purpurea is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree with a rounded habit and dense, spreading branches. The rather fern-like leaves are deeply divided into tiny, narrow leaflets, and a gorgeous purplish-silver colour. In late winter and early spring, it bears masses of round, fluffy, bright yellow flowers with the delicious mimosa fragrance – lovely to bring into the house as a foretaste of spring. Best in coastal or other warm, sheltered sites, as it is vulnerable to hard frost. Purple Cootamundra wattle holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Site: Sheltered
Soil: Any, light, well-drained soil, neutral to acid preferred
Position: Full sun
Season of interest: All year, late winter in particular
Hardiness: Frost-hardy (to -5ºC)
Height: 23’ (7m) Spread: 16’ (5m)
Type | Size: Pot | 9cm
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