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Conservatory GreenhouseShrubs

Acacia pravissima
  • RHS AGM

Oven's wattle

An evergreen shrub to 5m or more, with crowded, triangular leaf-like phyllodes and racemes of small rich yellow flower-heads in late winter and early spring

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Yellow Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Acacia can be deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs or climbers, with alternate, pinnately divided leaves or simple modified leaf-like stalks (phyllodes), and tiny, sometimes fragrant, flowers in short spikes, or in racemes or spikes of spherical heads

Name status

Correct

Plant range
SE Australia

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in neutral to acid, well-drained soil in a sheltered site with full sun. Ideal for the conservatory, grow under glass in ericaceous compost or a loam-based potting compost (JI No.2) in full light. Water sparingly in winter.

Propagation

Propagate by seed at a minimum of 18°C in spring or root semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 8 or pruning group 13 for wall-trained specimens

Pests

May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite under glass

Diseases

Generally disease free

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