Red Stemmed Wattle Acacia Tree
A very unique and rarely seen Acacia from SE Australia, the Red Stemmed Wattle is a satisfying acacia to grow due to its lightning fast growth rate, unique red stems, and contrast of juvenile and adult foliage. When the tree is very young you’ll notice delicate, pinnate foliage that looks much like other acacias, but a year or two in it will begin producing its mature leaves which are actually flattened leaf stalks known as phyllodes. Covers itself in bright yellow flowers in spring and can grow fast enough to keep pace with even the most vigorous of Eucalyptus. We grew our first specimen tree from Cistus Nursery out in the garden of our dear friends Chase and Claudia. It became the focal point of their backyard while sharing the spotlight with a handsome young Eucalyptus pauciflora and satisfied our impulses to travel to Australia during the height of the pandemic.
Latin Name: Acacia rubida
Site and Soil: Full sun in a variety of soils
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to 15F or so, possible die back in cold winters.
Size at Maturity: 10-20’H x 15’W
Bloom Time: January-April
Pests & Diseases: Not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 8b
Sunset Western Zone: Not listed
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not listed