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Care of the plant Acacia dodonaeifolia or Sticky wattle.

Care of the plant Acacia dodonaeifolia or Sticky wattle

The Acacia genus, of the Fabaceae family, includes some 1,200 species of shrubs and trees native to Australia, Africa, Asia and South America. Some species of the genus are: Acacia dodonaeifolia, Acacia dealbata, Acacia cultriformis, Acacia longifolia, Acacia tortilis, Acacia truncata, Acacia luederitzii, Acacia saligna, Acacia paradoxa, Acacia tetragonophylla, Acacia melanoxylon, Acacia karoo, Acacia greggii, Acacia iteaphylla.

Common names: Hop leaved wattle, Sticky wattle or Hop bush wattle. This species comes from South Australia.

They are large bushes (sometimes small trees), highly branched, with a rounded bearing that reach 6 meters in height. Its leaves are light green, linear-lanceolate in shape, up to 10 cm in length and have a sticky texture. Its abundant and showy yellow flowers bloom from mid-winter to mid-spring. Its fruits are small pods full of seeds.

They are used to create informal hedges, shrub groups, or as isolated specimens; They are very suitable for gardens on the second line of the sea in a Mediterranean climate. It is important not to plant them near buildings since their roots are very shallow.

Acacia dodonaeifolia needs full sun exposure and a warm, dry climate. They are able to withstand occasional low intensity frost.

They are grown in light, well-drained soil that contains organic matter. They tolerate slightly calcareous soils and also sandy ones.

They are drought resistant plants, so watering will be regular, waiting for the soil to dry.

Slightly fertilize with compost in late fall.

Prune after flowering to give them a more compact appearance.

They are quite resistant to pests and diseases but can be attacked by mealybugs.

Reproduction can be done from the shoots it produces at its base or from seeds sown in spring or late winter.

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Acacia dodonaeifolia
Acacia dodonaeifolia
Acacia dodonaeifolia
Acacia dodonaeifolia
Acacia dodonaeifolia