Narrow-leaved acacia (Acacia cognata)

We are very used to thinking of very fast-growing trees of a certain height when we talk about acacias, but there are some, like Acacia cognata, that can surprise us a lot. In fact, it has some characteristics that make it probably one of the most interesting species of the genus.

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Origin and characteristics

Our protagonist is an evergreen tree or small tree – it remains evergreen – endemic to Australia, specifically New South Wales and Victoria. Its scientific name is Acacia cognata, although it is popularly known as narrow-leaved acacia or river acacia. It reaches a height between 0.6 and 10 meters, and has hanging branches with long, narrow green leaves.

The flowers are yellow, and appear between the months of July and October. The fruit is a kind of dried legume inside which are the seeds.

Several cultivars have been developed:

  • ‘Bower Beauty’
  • ‘Cousin It’
  • ‘Copper Tips’
  • ‘Fettuccini’
  • ‘Green Mist’
  • ‘Lime Magik’
  • ‘Limelight’
  • ‘Mop Top’
  • ‘Waterfall’

What are their cares?

If you want to have a copy, we recommend you provide the following care:

  • Location: outside, in full sun. Tolerates partial shade as well.
  • Land:
    • Pot: universal growing substrate.
    • Garden: it is indifferent as long as it has good drainage.
  • Watering: about 2 or 3 times a week in summer, and once a week the rest of the year. If you are going to have it in a pot you can put a plate under it.
  • Subscriber: from spring to late summer with organic fertilizers, once a month.
  • Pruning: at the end of winter the dry, diseased or weak branches have to be removed.
  • Multiplication: Acacia cognata multiplies by seeds in spring. Direct sowing in seedbed.
  • Hardiness: withstands cold and frost down to -7ºC.

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