This small tree has an erect short trunk with spreading branches that forms a rounded crown. It has silvery grey feathery leaves and the fragrant golden yellow ball-shaped flowers appear profusely from late winter to spring.
The 40 mm (1 5/8 in) long bipinnate leaves have 20 small oblong leaflets that are up to 8 mm (1/3 in) long with a cuspidate apex and are arranged oppositely along the rachis. A. baileyana 'Purpurea' has reddish new foliage and 'Aurea' are yellowish.
30 - 40 mm ( 1.2 - 1.6 in )
The bisexual tubulate flowers have inconspicuous sepals and petals and numerous prominent yellow stamens and are up to 7 mm (¼ in) in diameter. There are 20 to 30 flower heads arranged in a long terminal raceme that appears during early spring.
6 - 7 mm ( 0.2 - 0.3 in )
The 100 mm (4 in) long blue green pod ripens to tan-brown and is up to 12 mm (½ in) wide. The seeds germinate after low intensity fire in a native setting.
60 - 100 mm ( 2.4 - 3.9 in )
Environment & Cultivation
Well drained, moderately fertile, moist clay to sandy loam, pH 5.5-6.5
Large planter boxes
Full sun to partial shade, frost, light drought and 2nd line salt tolerant
The Cootamundra Wattle is grown for its flowers and spreading crown. It is planted in parks and native gardens as a specimen or as a shade tree and used as a wind break. It is also grown for screen planting and is suitable for coastal and inland.
Pre-soak the seeds in heated water 13 to 18 C (55-64 F) for 24 hours. Seeds may require scarification. Sow fresh seed during early spring or when available in pots and place in a cold frame to germinate.