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Acacia leucoclada subsp. argentifolia

Acacia leucoclada subsp argentifolia is a moderate to fast growing, frost tolerant species. Moderately drought tolerant, this species responds well to water during dry periods. It needs well drained soils and is intolerant of poor drainage. It grows best in acidic soil types and prefers clay loams to sandy clay loams. It is very useful as a foliage plant for subtropical and warm temperate regions. This plant grows best in full sun.

An excellent windbreak for farms and is also good for fence posts and as shade for stock. The pollen has value for apiculture and the foliage and fruits have potential for use in floriculture. In the urban garden it is suitable as an ornamental plant or for use as a screen or informal hedge. The wood is used in pulpwood (wood chips for paper pulp), medium density fibreboard and plywood.

A useful plant in erosion control as it spreads by root suckers and has the potential to develop into small clumps. It is excellent for both clayey sites and sandy sites. The suckering qualities of this plant may lead it to outcompete other nearby plants, resulting in a high potential to become a weed.

Common nameNorthern Silver Wattle
Scientific nameAcacia leucoclada subsp. argentifolia
FamilyFabaceae - Mimosoideae

Genus: Acacia — from the Greek acacia, ace or acis, a point or thorn.

Species: leucoclada — from the Greek leukos meaning white and klados meaning branch.
argentifolia – from the Latin argent meaning silver and folia meaning leaf.

DistributionThis subspecies extends from near Kingaroy in southeastern Queensland to the Koreelah region in northern New South Wales.
Native habitatFound growing on hilly undulating terrain or along creek banks in open forest country and in coastal districts.
DescriptionA large tree growing to 20 m tall by 3–6 m across. This species has very rough, corrugated, black bark. The silvery, hairy foliage is very striking.
Flowering/fruitingFlowering occurs during July to September. The showy globular flower heads are yellow and grow in long axillary racemes. The mature pods are red-brown in colour and slightly hairy, they are present during November to January.
Location in gardenWattle Garden beds 123, 127, 128
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