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  • HPRWA SCORE -1
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid|High
  • FAMILY Fabaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Shrub
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires water until established
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Clay
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Highly salt tolerant
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Acacia glaucoptera
(clay wattle, flat wattle)

This plant is cultivated for its unusual foliage and zigzagging stems. Like other plants from dry regions clay wattle has no true leaves, instead, a flattened cladode (stem) acts as a leaf. The foliage colors change with age ranging from red when young, to orange, bluish/green and finally yellow-orange as it ages. The perennial evergreen blooms from late winter to spring, adding a bright yellow to the foliage. Like most Acacia species, the flowers are globe shaped. Common in its native range of Western Austrailia, clay wattle thrives in clay soils that are high in naturally occurring metals. This nitrogen-fixing plant is low maintenance and tolerates heavy frosts.

Plant Uses

  • Specimen
  • Container plant
  • Erosion control
  • Ornamental
  • Cut flower
  • Nitrogen fixer

Dangers

None