Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.
Plant Type: Trees
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.