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Bailey’s wattle

Acacia baileyana

Common name:

Bailey’s wattle

Scientific name:

Acacia baileyana

Alternative common names:

Bailey-se-wattel, Cootamundra wattle, golden mimosa

A small evergreen tree, growing 3-6m in height with branchlets covered in greyish or silvery-blue foliage. Leaves are 20-50mm long and are arranged around branchlets spirally.

Flowers which bloom in July to September, are bright yellow, globular shaped with showy sprays.  Fruits are greyish-brown pods, approximately 100mm in length.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    South-east Australia

    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 3 NEMBA – Category 3

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng

    How does it spread?

    Bailey’s wattle is spread via the dispersal of seeds.

    Why is it a problem?

    Bailey’s wattle competes with indigenous species in forested area and along river banks, and has the potential to replace these species.

    What does it look like?

    General description: A small evergreen tree, growing 3-6m in height with branchlets covered in greyish or silvery-blue foliage. Leaves: Small greyish or silvery-blue leaves, which are spirally arranged around branches. Flowers: From July to September, bright yellow globular flower heads in showy sprays. Fruit/seeds: Greyish-brown pods.

    Does the plant have any uses?

    Cultivated for ornamental use, shade and a honey source.

    Plant me instead alternatives

    Sweet thorn (Acacia karroo), Common hook thorn (Acacia caffra), Weeping wattle (Peltophorum africanum), Blossom tree (Virgilia oroboides)

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