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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.
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)