Acacia Saligna - Wesley pls note
1earth at powerup.com.au
Fri Feb 4 03:30:15 EST 2000
Wes - Im passing this on - :) Marcus
From: Anna Ridley <anart at nildram.co.uk>
Subject: Could you send this on?
Dear Marcus, I tried to send this reply to Wesley Trotman but it
back. Would you be very kind & send it on for me? Thanks, Anna.
trotmanw at camtec.net.au
Dear Wesley, thank you for your swift response. I singled out A.
Saligna because it's fast growing, the suckering variety produces
thickets, can withstand dry conditions, it's good for shelter belt, can
be coppiced & fixes atmospheric nitrogen. Not to mention that it has
beautiful yellow flowers in Spring. I'd like to have the goats too (I was
brought up with them) but I think they'll have to come later. Fukuoaka
favours Black Wattle, I know, A.mearnsii, but another might be
A.iteaphylla (Gawler/Flinders Range Wattle). I've been to Oz several
times (great country) & my area in Spain is not dissimilar to the
area around Sydney, although much more mountainous. The
temperatures (8C to 40C) & rainfall (av 500 mm) are comparable as
far as I know. I need to have the soil analysed but I believe that the
bedrock makes it alkaline with the Maritime pines adding an acid
overlay. There are Acacias growing a few hundred yards along the
track but I have yet to establish exactly which they are. (there are
rather a lot of varieties) As I'm a member of the Royal Horticultural
Society & the Henry Doubleday Research Association (specialises
in organic plants) I'll enquire about importing seed.
Alternatively, Kew Gardens is just a few miles away so I could ask
A friend of mine, Jane Scott, who lives in Sydney, may be coming
to London in the next few months & she might agree to bringing
some seeds with her.
As one also has to be mindful of the budget, I thought I could
propagate once I'd got a few plants established. But it depends on
the cost. The nursery I contacted said that the plants grew 1.5m in a
Unfortunately they had none left & weren't growing more. So I'd be
most grateful for your advice.
Best wishes, Anna.
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