Australian Native Plants for Frosty Gardens

These are plants which will survive in gardens which experience frosts down to -7C. Some canopy protection may be required. Some of these plants are available from time to time at my online nursery. See http://coolnatives.com.au/catalogue.html
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Acacia acinacea (Gold Dust Wattle) grows naturally across inland south eastern Australia. It grows up to 2.5m high and has long sprays of globular flowers. it is both frost and drought hardy but requires a very well-drained site. It will tolerate some shade and is recommended for growing under a light canopy which allows some sunlight. Can be pruned lightly to develop density and shape.

Acacia acinacea (Gold Dust Wattle) grows naturally across inland south eastern Australia. It grows up to 2.5m high and has long sprays of globular flowers. it is both frost and drought hardy but requires a very well-drained site. It will tolerate some shade and is recommended for growing under a light canopy which allows some sunlight. Can be pruned lightly to develop density and shape.

Acacia flexifolia (Bent-leaf wattle) Bushy shrub growing up to 1.5m high with small sticky bent leaves and fluffy lemon yellow flower heads for many months of the year. This very hardy wattle occurs on skeletal soils on the slopes from southern Queensland, through inland NSW and into Victoria. Best grown in full sun for maximum flowering effect. Can be grown in a tub. Must be grown from seed.

Acacia flexifolia (Bent-leaf wattle) Bushy shrub growing up to 1.5m high with small sticky bent leaves and fluffy lemon yellow flower heads for many months of the year. This very hardy wattle occurs on skeletal soils on the slopes from southern Queensland, through inland NSW and into Victoria. Best grown in full sun for maximum flowering effect. Can be grown in a tub. Must be grown from seed.

Acacia cultriformis (Knife-leaf wattle) is a large shrub growing up to 4m high with silvery triangular leaves and large golden flower heads which appear in spring. It is frost and drought hardy and adaptable to a wide range of soil types. This ornamental wattle occurs naturally in inland parts of NSW and southern Queensland. Must be grown from seed. There is a prostrate form called 'Cascade' which looks stunning cascading over large rocks or walls.

Acacia cultriformis (Knife-leaf wattle) is a large shrub growing up to high with silvery triangular leaves and large golden flower heads which appear in spring. It is frost and drought hardy and adaptable to a wide range of soil types.

Acacia pycnostachya is a small rare tree which grows on Bolivia Range in northern NSW. It flowers in October and has large fantastic rod flowers. It is very frost and drought hardy and may grow quite tall (up to 9m) in shade. This is a real knockout plant.

Acacia pycnostachya is a small rare tree which grows on Bolivia Range in northern NSW. It flowers in October and has large fantastic rod flowers. It is very frost and drought hardy and may grow quite tall (up to in shade. This is a real knockout plant.

Acacia adunca (Wallangarra Wattle) is a small open tree with very fine foliage growing up to 6m high. It grows naturally on granite soils from Bolivia Range in northern NSW to Stanthorpe in Queensland. It is both frost and drought hardy and makes an excellent understorey plant in a bush garden. This lovely wattle flowers in spring. Must be grown from seed.

Acacia adunca (Wallangarra Wattle) is a small open tree with very fine foliage growing up to 6m high. It grows naturally on granite soils from Bolivia Range in northern NSW to Stanthorpe in Queensland. It is both frost and drought hardy and makes an excellent understorey plant in a bush garden. This lovely wattle flowers in spring. Must be grown from seed.

Acacia fimbriata (Fringed wattle) is a small tree growing up to 6m high but often smaller. It has narrow leaves and masses of fluffy yellow flower heads in spring. This popular wattle is widely grown, it is frost and drought hardy, adaptable to most soils and very decorative. Must be grown from seed. There is a dwarf form now available in some nurseries.

Acacia fimbriata (Fringed wattle) is a small tree growing up to 6m high but often smaller. It has narrow leaves and masses of fluffy yellow flower heads in spring. This popular wattle is widely grown, it is frost and drought hardy, adaptable to most soils and very decorative. Must be grown from seed. There is a dwarf form now available in some nurseries.

Acacia dealbata (Silver wattle) is a large spreading tree growing up to 30m high in ideal conditions. It occurs naturally along the eastern ranges in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. This very hardy wattle forms large stands in the wild and would be useful for a woodlot or windbreak. It is one of the fastest growing wattles and will coppice. It has grey-green ferny leaves and pale yellow flower heads in spring. Must be grown from seed.

Acacia dealbata (Silver wattle) is a large spreading tree growing up to 30m high in ideal conditions. It occurs naturally along the eastern ranges in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. This very hardy wattle forms large stands in the wild and would be useful for a woodlot or windbreak. It is one of the fastest growing wattles and will coppice. It has grey-green ferny leaves and pale yellow flower heads in spring. Must be grown from seed.

Acacia decurrens (Black wattle) is a large tree with ferny leaves and sprays of golden flower heads in spring. It is frost and drought hardy, very fast growing and suited to farm plantings, woodlots and windbreaks. It grows naturally in open forests from the Hunter Valley in NSW to the ACT. It may naturalise in good conditions.

Acacia decurrens (Black wattle) is a large tree with ferny leaves and sprays of golden flower heads in spring. It is frost and drought hardy, very fast growing and suited to farm plantings, woodlots and windbreaks. It grows naturally in open forests from the Hunter Valley in NSW to the ACT. It may naturalise in good conditions.

Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle) is possibly the best known and most widely grown wattle in Australia. Despite being rare in the wild it has colonised in other parts of Australia and is considered a weed in some districts. It is a small dense tree growing up to 10 m high but often smaller with short silvery bipinnate leaves and masses of golden flower heads which cover the ends of branches in winter. This short lived wattle (15 yrs) is both frost and drought hardy. Must be grown from…

Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle) is possibly the best known and most widely grown wattle in Australia. Despite being rare in the wild it has colonised in other parts of Australia and is considered a weed in some districts. It is a small dense tree growing up to 10 m high but often smaller with short silvery bipinnate leaves and masses of golden flower heads which cover the ends of branches in winter. This short lived wattle (15 yrs) is both frost and drought hardy. Must be grown from…

Acacia buxifolia (Box-leaf wattle) is an attractive dense shrub usually growing to 2m high but can be taller in ideal conditions. It has small greyish green leaves and masses of golden flower heads in spring. This widespread species occurs in inland parts of Quensland, NSW, ACT and Victoria. It is both frost and drought hardy and highly ornamental and would suit small gardens and courtyards. It can be grown in a tub. Must be grown from seed.

Acacia buxifolia (Box-leaf wattle) is an attractive dense shrub usually growing to 2m high but can be taller in ideal conditions. It has small greyish green leaves and masses of golden flower heads in spring. This widespread species occurs in inland parts of Quensland, NSW, ACT and Victoria. It is both frost and drought hardy and highly ornamental and would suit small gardens and courtyards. It can be grown in a tub. Must be grown from seed.


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