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PURPLE-LEAF ACACIA
Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'

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Photo Locations: San Luis Obispo, CA, San Marcos Growers - Santa Barbara, CA and UC Santa Cruz Arboretum - Santa Cruz, CA

General Notes

Grows best in light, well-drained, fertile soil. Has purple colored new growth. Low water needs.

Has fragrant Flower.

Family: Fabaceae

Additional Common Names

PURPLE-LEAF ACACIA, PURPLE FERNLEAF ACACIA

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 30 feet.

Width: 20 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 or More Inches per Year.

Longevity Less than 50 years.

Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Blue Green or Purple, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Yellow. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Brown Pod, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter or Summer.

Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Furrowed or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 8, 9 and 13 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry and Well Drained Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Good Inland.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Invasive Shot Hole Borer and Thrip, Phytophthora and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Weak.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Attracts Birds.

Not Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' Tree Record." 1995-2018. Nov 15, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/acacia-baileyana-purpurea >

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