Acacia baileyana var purpurea: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is a form of the well-known Acacia baileyana, the Cootamundra Wattle.
Acacia baileyana var purpurea grows into a medium shrub with bipinnate leaves. The foliage is a striking and may range in colour from bright purple to burgundy. The colours are more intense on new growth and may be less concentrated on plants grown in shade.
Ball-shaped flowers appear in late winter. Flowering is not as prolific as the “conventional” Acacia baileyana but this variety is grown for foliage colour not flowers. Light pruning keeps plants bushy and encourages the colourful new growth.
Acacia baileyana var purpurea is a handsome foliage plant that would be an eye-catching addition to a native shrubbery.
Propagation must be from cuttings to maintain the colourful foliage.