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Location: Waimarama NZ
Post Acacia elata
Acacia elata is probably my favourite Australian Acacia, I like the foliage in particular, but fast growth and Nitrogen fixation are good too. Unlike many wattles that thrive in arid areas, this one is native to moister areas, and even occurs in some rainforest communities. The common name Mountain Cedar Wattle refers to its often mountainous habitat, and an alleged similarity in foliage to that of Australian Red Cedar (Toona ciliata australis). Personally I think this resemblance is a little tenuous... but hey life is full of divergent opinions. I've planted several thousand of these, most are now 4 years old.


The foliage on these trees is much larger than most wattles, this is particularly obvious on these younger trees.


These trees are slightly slower than A. dealbata, but much less likely to fall over in strong wind. They are fully hardy in my climate, and in coldest part of habitat the mid winter mean monthly overnight low is below 0C for at least one month per year, so they should be adapted to quite cold climates.

Below is one leaf of A. elata with one leaf of A. dealbata for size comparison.


I'm surprised this tree is not more common in cultivation.

Waimarama NZ
Oceanic temperate climate
mean temps Jan. 25/15C
July 15/6C
1000mm rain

Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:29 am

Joined: Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:55 am
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Location: western Germany
Post Re: Acacia elata
the foliage resembles that of Osmunda-ferns. Looks quite exotic!


Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:06 am
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Location: North Thames delta UK
Post Re: Acacia elata
One way to find out - just ordered some seeds. Thanks for flagging this one up, Ben - looks rather special!

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Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:27 pm

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Location: Crozon peninsula z9b Brittany
Post Re: Acacia elata
Here is a pic of an A. elata growing at Pellinec garden on the north coast of Brittany. I don't know its cold hardiness but it doesn't need much heat for sure. This area is heat deprived in summer. IMHO elata is the most outstanding Acacia! It's a beautiful scented tree that looks like Schinus molle.

Yves Le Guen

Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:39 pm
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