Common name:Pearl acacia
Scientific name:Acacia podalyriifolia (Fabaceae)
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A small evergreen shrub or tree growing 3-6m high, with silvery-grey to dull green, oval, velvety leaves. New growth is covered in greyish, powdery layer and densely velvety hairs. Flowers are bright yellow, spherical and appear in long, showy sprays from June to August. Greyish brown, velvety seed pods are usually 30-80 mm long and 15-20mm wide.
Where does this species come from?Australia
What is its invasive status in South Africa?Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 3 NEMBA – Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga
How does it spread?Seed dispersal
Why is it a problem?Competes with and has the potential to replace indigenous species
What does it look like?General description: A small evergreen shrub or tree growing 3-6m high, with silvery-grey to dull green, oval, velvety leaves. Bark: Smooth or ultimately fissured, grey bark. Leaves: Short, oval or elliptic, silvery-grey to dull-green, velvety leaves. Flowers: Bright yellow, spherical flowerheads in long, showy sprays from June-August. Fruit/seeds: Greyish-brown velvety pods.
Does the plant have any uses?Cultivated for shade and as a honey source.
Plant me instead alternatives
False olive (Buddleja saligna)