SelecTree: Tree Detail
Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'
Photo Locations: San Luis Obispo, CA, San Marcos Growers - Santa Barbara, CA and UC Santa Cruz Arboretum - Santa Cruz, CA
Grows best in light, well-drained, fertile soil. Has purple colored new growth. Low water needs.
Has fragrant Flower.
Additional Common Names
PURPLE-LEAF ACACIA, PURPLE FERNLEAF ACACIA
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
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 Thrip, Phytophthora and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Weak.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 20, 2018.
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