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Acacia Maidenii (Maiden's Wattle)
Also known as maiden’s wattle, acacia maidenii is one of the more popular acacia species although it is becoming increasingly scarce in the wild. Native to Austrailia, this perennial evergreen can be found growing at the edges of rainforests. Reaching 20-50 feet, maidenii forms a dense canopy of phyllodes with golden blooms. This fast-growing tree is hardy to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit and enjoys full sun to partial shade. A well-draining soil is required. In its first years, the soil should be kept fairly moist. However, acacia maidenii is somewhat drought-tolerant with age.
Acaica seeds have a hard seed coat that needs to be softened for germination to occur. Heat some water on a stove without reaching a boil. Pour this hot water on the seeds and let them soak for about 20 minutes. If the water cools you may add some more hot water to keep the temperature up. Some growers will also file down or nick the seed before soaking. Plant the seeds at a depth of 1/8” in a moist, well-draining soil mixture.