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Care of the plant Acacia paradoxa or Kangaroo acacia.

Care of the plant Acacia paradoxa or Kangaroo acacia

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 are: Acacia paradoxa, Acacia melanoxylon, Acacia luederitzii, Acacia longifolia, Acacia karoo, Acacia iteaphylla, Acacia greggii, Acacia dodonaeifolia, Acacia dealbata, Acacia cultriformis, Acacia tortilis, Acacia truncata, Acacia saligna, Acacia tetragonophylla.

Common names: Prickly wattle, Kangaroo acacia, Hedge wattle, Kangaroo thorn, Paradox acacia. This species is native to Australia.

They are thorny evergreen shrubs that reach 5 meters high and 3 meters wide. They have small wavy, bright green leaves and hairy stems. The abundant globose flowers are deep yellow. They can bloom from mid-winter to mid-spring.

They are used to form barriers, informal hedges, screens against the sea wind and on slopes to fix the ground. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens. Do not plant them near sewers due to their aggressive roots.

Acacia paradoxa needs a sunny or light shade exposure and a warm climate. They can survive frosts of up to -5 ºC.

They can grow in any type of soil, be it clayey, calcareous, sandy or poor, but they prefer a light one, well drained and containing a little organic matter.

Watering will be regular, waiting until the soil has dried.

Fertilizer is not essential but we can compost them in the fall.

They allow light pruning in the fall to maintain a compact appearance.

They are plants resistant to the most common pests and diseases.

They are reproduced by cuttings made in summer or from seeds sown in spring previously soaked for at least 12 hours. They germinate in 25-30 days.

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Acacia paradoxa
Acacia paradoxa
Acacia paradoxa
Acacia paradoxa