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Leatherleaf Acacia

Leatherleaf Acacia

Regular price $29.80 USD
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Plant Type: Plants & Trees
Plant Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 10-15 feet
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Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Leatherleaf Acacia, scientifically known as Acacia craspedocarpa, is a distinctive and attractive small tree or large shrub native to Western Australia. It is valued for its unique foliage, drought tolerance, and ornamental appeal in landscapes.

In cultivation, Leatherleaf Acacia typically grows to about 10 to 15 feet in both height and spread, forming a rounded, open canopy. One of the most striking features of this Acacia is its foliage; the leaves are not true leaves but rather phyllodes – modified leaf stems that serve the function of leaves. These phyllodes are silver-gray to blue-green, narrow, and have a leathery texture, giving the plant its common name.

The Leatherleaf Acacia blooms in late winter to early spring, producing small, yellow, puffball-like flowers that are highly attractive to bees and other pollinators. These flowers can add a splash of color to the landscape and contrast beautifully with the plant's silvery foliage.

This Acacia species thrives in full sun and prefers well-draining soil. It is highly drought-tolerant once established, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and water-wise gardens. The Leatherleaf Acacia is also relatively low maintenance, requiring minimal pruning to maintain its shape and size.

In landscaping, Leatherleaf Acacia is often used as a specimen plant, in mixed shrub borders, or in native and drought-tolerant gardens. Its unique foliage color and texture, combined with its flowering habit, make it a valuable plant for adding visual interest and diversity to the garden.

Overall, the Leatherleaf Acacia is a versatile and attractive plant, ideal for adding beauty and drought tolerance to landscapes. Its adaptability to various growing conditions and minimal care requirements make it a popular choice among gardeners in arid and semi-arid regions.

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