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Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'

Purple-Leaf Acacia
  • Plant Type:
  • Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Medium
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 20-30' x 20-40'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Rounded
  • Native To:
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Low Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Yellow
  • Bloom Time:
  • Spring
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant
  • Container Sizes:
  • #15, 24" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 8, 9, 13-24


Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea’ is a stunning small evergreen tree. The emerging feathery foliage is a dramatic lavender to purple shade that turns blue gray with age. Blessed with a naturally graceful umbrella shape, this Australian native will grow rapidly to approximately 20-30 feet with a 20-40 foot spread. It will likely reach full height in 3 years. This makes its typical life span of 20-30 years more palatable. It is blessedly low-maintenance, seldom affected by drought, disease, wind or frost once mature. Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea’ will seed easily and is hardy to 25°F. We recommend full sun and deep watering to establish deep rooting. It responds well to pruning which coincidentally encourages a greater show of lovely lavender leaves. Masses of brilliant yellow fragrant flowers make this tree a show-stopper in early winter through spring. It is named after award-winning Australian botanist Frederick Manson Bailey who traveled extensively to discover new species and authored no fewer than six books on plants in and around Australia.