Acacia murrayana

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General Plant Info

Acacia murrayana is named after a man named dr James Patrick Murray, who was a surgeon in The Victorian Exploring Party that went to search for the remains of Burke and Wills. He collected the specimen from Coopers Creek on the South Australia/Queensland border. It is known by its common name "Colony Wattle" due to its habit of suckering from lateral roots so forming groves of small trees.

It’s a real desert species occurring common locally in sandy country especially in the Simpson Desert area. The bark of young trees is pale and pruinose but becomes loose and brown later but outer bark remains pale. They are slender rather ordinary looking plants 3 to 4 metres high but are really glorious when flowering. The foliage is linear, flat and pale green. Acacia murrayana is its consistence in form.

They bear a profusion of big bright yellow flowers in September and will do so at the same time each year whether it is dry or wet.

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In the bush the trees are short lived, maybe 10 years but under cultivation will keep on thriving.

The trees are subject to getting green globular galls the size of a large marble but these are never very prolific and don't worry the trees.

The best attributes of Acacia murrayana are:

  • The glorious annual flower display
  • Its ability to thrive in sandy soil with low nutrient quality.