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Golden Wreath Wattle

Acacia saligna

Orange Wattle, Coojong

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Port Jackon was brought into South Africa in the nineteenth century to produce tan bark and to stabilise the sands of the Cape Flats, it proliferated at an uncontrollable rate and is now a large problem threatening indigenous species in the Western and Eastern Cape. Acacia saligna grows as a small, dense, spreading tree with a short trunk and a weeping habit, when in flower the whole tree is covered with bright yellow flowers.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Winter
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Quick growing make the wood useful for garden support structures. Cut down and clear the leaves to support tomatoes, beans and peas.

Propagation

Seed
Produces large amounts of seeds in pods that selfseed and spread quickly.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Drought resistant
Once established the tree can go for long periods without water.

Geography

Origin
Australia, South Western region
Natural climate
Temperate, semi-arid

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Sand, Gravel
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
Acacia saligna can be used for multiple purposes, as it grows under a wide range of soil conditions into a woody shrub or tree. It has been used for tanning, revegetation, animal fodder, mine site rehabilitation, firewood, mulch, agroforestry and as a decorative plant.

Personality

Family
Fabaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free due to the ants that live off the nectar and keep other insects away.

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