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Acacia cognata 'Mop Top' (River Wattle)

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Helpful articles

Native Annuals and Perennials. Australian annual and perennial plants can be used to create excitement in your garden as they are quick growing, usually very floriferous and because they are relatively temporary they can be replaced on a regular basis to add something new each year.

How to choose a new fence. Five important tips on how to choose a fence.

Top ten native plants. Native plant specialist Angus Stewart's top ten native Australian plants.

Angus's Top Gum Trees for Gardens. Angus Stewart's list of the best gum trees (Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora) for Australian gardens.

Plant description

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Acacia cognata Mop top

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A low mounding dense shrub with aromatic foliage, plum-coloured new growth, and bright yellow perfumed flowers in spring, enticing small insect feeders such as wrens and thornbills to dart amongst the soft foliage. Create soft low hedging along pathways; plant in massed formation on banks or in wide garden beds where impact is required; use as dramatic accent container plant for courtyard or patio. 

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: yellow
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.9 metres
Minimum height: 0.6 metres

Maximum width: 1.2 metres
Minimum width: 0.9 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: birds insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: not suitable.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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