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.