Truly uniform growth make this low-growing, uniform clone far more reliable than standard Acacia redolens. In the western United States it is commonly planted in tough locations adjacent to commercial sites and freeways.
Trailing acacia is a native of eastern Australia and is the most widely used prostrate species around the world. Plants bloom in spring with pea-sized yellow puff balls that are concentrated at the base of the leaves along the stems. Its leaves are blue-green, long and...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Ever-blooming Wattle, Silver Wattle, Water Wattle)
Bearing its sunny fragrant flowers nearly year-round, this fast growing evergreen shrub or small tree is also noteworthy for its attractive foliage and its adaptability.
In spring large sprays of small golden pompon-like flower heads bow the spreading branches of this acacia, attracting numerous bees. The flowers are nicely complemented by the narrow, willowy, gray-green "leaves", which are actually expanded leaf stems known as "phyllodes." Sporadic rebloom occurs throughout the year if temperatures...
(Cooba, Willow Acacia)
This acacia has a weeping habit and willow-like foliage, hence the common name. Like many acacias, it is adapted to hot, arid conditions and is very tough. It’s found across much of Eastern Australia in sunny thickets and open areas. In time it becomes a upright tree with a large dense canopy. It has a tendency to sucker, like willows do, which can be problematic in the landscape.
The leaves of willow acacia are long, thin and dark green. It bears clusters of pea-sized flowers that are fragrant,...
(Blueleaf Wattle, Golden Wreath Wattle)
This fast-growing tree is ideal for arid climates where many others will not grow. Golden wreath wattle offers clusters of golden flowers in the spring and an informal but appealing look the rest of the season. It is native to southwestern Australia where it inhabits open plains and rugged lands.
When mature it develops a spreading crown with low branches. Its blue-green leaves are long and narrow, almost needle-like, and widely spaced on the branches. In spring it becomes covered with fragrant...
Audrey, Eve and George DeLange
(Dalby Myall, Shoestring Acacia)
Shoestring acacia has proven its amenability to the harsh low desert where it grows as a graceful, wispy accent or shade tree. It is native across most of Australia, which explains its adaptability to a wide range of soil types and harsh climates.
Its very narrow, waxy green leaves are long and dangle, giving this tough, drought-tolerant tree an unusually delicate and graceful appearance. Its spring blooms are small, pea-sized and shaped, cream-colored and borne in drooping clusters. These are...
(Caterpillar Plant, Chenille Plant, Red-hot Cat's Tail)
Dramatically filled with long, drooping catkins of velvety red flowers during the warm months, chenille plant is one of the tropical world's prettiest plants. It is a heat-loving broadleaf evergreen shrub native to Malaysia and New Guinea. It is grown for its pendulous fluffy red flowers that look much like fuzzy caterpillars. Interestingly, the French word for caterpillar is "chenille", the reason for its common name. Plants are dioecious - either male or female in gender, and only the showier-blooming...
(Copperleaf, Copperplant, Wilkes' Acalypha)
An evergreen shrub native to the Pacific islands, copperleaf bears brightly colored foliage in shades or red, purple, bronze and green. It is a popular landscape plant in subtropical and tropical zones and planted as a houseplant or annual in cooler zones. The name, Acalypha wilkesiana, honors Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes, an American Naval Officer who explored the South Pacific during the mid-1800s.
Beautiful, mottled leaves are the reason copperleaf is so popular in the garden. They...
(Beyond Paradise Acalypha, Copperleaf, Wilkes' Acalypha)
Spectacular bold foliage makes ‘Beyond Paradise’ a must-have for the tropical garden. This Proven Winners'selection sports large leaves mottled with rich copper, olive, rose and dark green.
An evergreen shrub native to the Pacific islands, copperleaf bears bright foliage in many mixed colors. It is a popular landscape plant in subtropical and tropical zones and planted as a houseplant or annual in cooler zones. The name, Acalypha wilkesiana, honors Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes, an American...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Blaze Copperleaf, Copperplant, Wilkes' Acalypha)
Setting the landscape a-fire in color, copperleaf ‘Blaze’ is a dwarf selection with stunning foliage. The pretty leaves are lance shaped, burgundy over green and the variegated fuchsia margin is toothed. Copperleaf is an evergreen shrub native to the islands of the Pacific. It is a popular landscape plant in warmer climates and used as a houseplant or annual in cooler zones.
Beautiful leaves are the reason copperleaf is so popular. They are usually large, oval to elliptically shaped and alternate...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Copperplant, Dwarf Copperplant, Wilkes' Acalypha)
The compact copperplant, 'Cypress Elf', has delightful narrow, pendulous leaves that are reddish bronze to green with pink or magenta margins. Unlike other copperleafs, this super bushy selection has subdued colors amenable to many landscape planting schemes. It even looks great in containers. This cultivar may also be sold under the name,'Mardi Gras.'
An evergreen shrub native to the Pacific islands, copperleaf bears brightly colored foliage in shades or red, purple, bronze and green. It...