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ACACIA redolens (DESERT CARPET™)

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Maureen Gilmer

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

ACACIA redolens 'Desert Carpet'(DESERT CARPET™)

Plant Common Name

Trailing Acacia

General Description

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 densely packed on low shrubby plants that spread over an enormous area providing solid coverage. The stems do not root, but all extend from the central trunk, which allows for easy irrigation. Its cover is so dense that it even out-competes weeds.

Plant trailing acacia on banks and slopes, whether natural or cut. It requires well-drained average to poor soil and full sun. Too often these plants are sheared mercilessly when they grow beyond their limits, which exposes the twiggy network that underlies the foliage. Such pruning practices should be avoided because they spoil the plant's natural beauty, though gentle shaping is acceptable.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Width

    12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Groundcover

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No