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Acacia podalyriifolia * Pearl Acacia

Acacia podalyriifolia might be called temperamental, but I think it is well worth growing. The Pearl Acacia is short-lived, and susceptible to root-rot if you provide more water more than Acacia podalyriifolia might think is appropriate or if you plant the Pearl Acacia where the winter drainage is not so good. Not much water is required once Acacia podalyriifolia is established. The Pearl Acacia will flop if it does not get some support. The most successful Pearl Acacia that I have cared for leaned on an adjacent pepper tree, a giant living tree stake. The Pearl Acacia is most rewarding as the leaves are a beautiful soft pearl white and the February bloom is worthy of its gemlike name. Acacia podalyriifolia trees should not be allowed to become too leggy as they will often break themselves down when flowering. The blooming branches of Acacia podalyriifolia make a great addition to flower arrangements, the pearly white foliage sets off the yellow flowers nicely.

Acacia podalyriifolia, Pearl Acacia

Pearl white foliage contrasts nicely with the yellow flowers of Acacia podalyriifolia, the Pearl Acacia.