Here is one of the more elegant trees available for the warm, dry regions of the world. It is Acacia pendula, or Weeping acacia, also known as Weeping myall in its native Australia. It has beautiful silvery-green foliage on a tree that slowly reaches 15 to 20 feet. When young it’s bushy and full but as it matures it takes on a languidly, weeping character. It is an ideal specimen or boulevard tree and it adapts well to pot culture. It also has attractive, powder-puff flowers, but it’s the evergreen foliage that remains the real attraction.

Weeping acacia is the equal to a Weeping willow in form, but whereas willows thrive in wet environs, the Weeping acacia is highly drought tolerant which makes it the perfect tree for xeriscaping. And whereas willow loses its leaves, the Weeping myall is evergreen enabling it to also serve as a privacy screen or windbreak. It has few demands and is pest and disease-resistant. It is well-suited to the American south-west and Florida, Australia and South Africa.

Other notable acacias are Purpleleaf acacia or Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea’ and Silver wattle or Acacia dealbata.

Weeping acacia


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