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Glendale Public Library
Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Acacia glaucoptera - Clay Wattle

This Western Australian native is useful as a ground cover in small areas as it grows as a large mounding shrub only to about 3' in height but 8' in width.  It can form thickets in the wild.

It does have a sprawling habit with twisting branches with new growth red to bronze.  The entire plant can take on a purple tone in winter.  The flowers are typical Acacia flowers, yellow puffball shapes and appear in Spring.  It will grow in full to filtered shade but does need a well drained soil.  The truly unique form can be quite a conversation piece.

It is tolerant of heat, full sun, drought and even of poor soils.

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003