Acacia iteaphylla (Willow Wattle)
A dense tall shrub that grows up to 10-13 feet tall. Has intricate angular branching structure with somewhat drooping tips and bearing many soft narrow blue-green leaves (phyllodes). Stems and leaves have a distinct red tinge when young. Pale yellow fragrant flowers emerge in late fall to early spring. The name Acacia comes either from the Greek word 'akazo' meaning "to sharpen" or from the Egyptian word 'akakia', a name given to the Egyptian Thorn, Acacia arabica. The specific epithet comes from the Greeks word 'itea' meaning "willow" and 'phylla' meaning leaf and it is commonly also known as the Willow-leaf Wattle.
- Plant in full sun
- Clay, loam, or sand texture dirt and requires good drainage
- Moist to dry soil
- Hardy up to 20 degrees
- Attracts bees and butterflies
- Deer resistant
- Native to South Australia
* plant parts are mildly toxic if ingested!