What can I say about this tree, that it is stunning, beautiful and magical?

I think you would all agree when I say it’s every single one of those definitions.

©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2013 Nature’s Storyteller

I discovered this Acacia baileyana in flower yesterday in my backyard.

It is a true eye-catcher when walking from a distance, with the golden flower chains.

This Acacia is one of many on my property, but it is such a delight to see such flowers when the weather has been so gloomy.

The sweet scent and the sound of the bees humming is just another sign that spring isn’t too far away!

©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2013 Nature’s Storyteller

The flowers are a bright yellow, the globular balls have a length of 8mm that hang in elegant clusters on 20cm long chains.

The foliage is a Smokey ash green or even a silver blue, foliage is arranged in a pinnate fashion.

The bark is usually a smooth dark brown and has a trunk diameter of 20cms.

©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2013 Nature’s Storyteller

The common name for Acacia baileyana is the ‘Cootamundra Wattle’.

Known to grow to a height of 4-5 metres but has been seen at the impressive 10 metre mark, growing to a width of 3 metres. Mostly found in nature reserves or in the natural bush land of Australia.

By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

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