A small evergreen tree, growing 3-6m in height with branchlets covered in greyish or silvery-blue foliage. Leaves are 20-50mm long and are arranged around branchlets spirally. Flowers which bloom in July to September, are bright yellow, globular shaped with showy sprays. Fruits are greyish-brown pods, approximately 100mm in length.
- Common name: Bailey`s wattle
- Scientific name: Acacia baileyana (Fabaceae)
- Alternative common names: Bailey-se-wattel, Cootamundra wattle, golden mimosa
- Where does this species come from: South-east Australia
- What is its invasive status in South Africa: Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 3 NEMBA – Category 3
- Where in South Africa is it a problem: Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng
- How does it spread: Bailey’s wattle is spread via the dispersal of seeds.
- Why is it a problem: Bailey’s wattle competes with indigenous species in forested area and along river banks, and has the potential to replace these species.
- What does it look like: General description:A small evergreen tree, growing 3-6m in height with branchlets covered in greyish or silvery-blue foliage. Leaves: Small greyish or silvery-blue leaves, which are spirally arranged around branches. Flowers: From July to September, bright yellow globular flower heads in showy sprays. Fruit/seeds: Greyish-brown pods.
- Does the plant have any uses: Cultivated for ornamental use, honey source.
- Plant me instead: Sweet thorn (Acacia karroo), Common hook thorn (Acacia caffra), Weeping wattle (Peltophorum africanum), Blossom tree (Virgilia oroboides)