Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Monday, August 11, 2008

Green and Gold

This is NOT an Olympic posting. But if it were, you could work out which country I would be supporting.
This is a group of young "Green Wattle" Trees (Acacia decurrens). They are some of the "ferny leaf wattles". but dark green in leaf, not silvery leaved, like some species.

These trees have grown like crazy since they were planted on 17 May 2004. They were pruned when just above head height after about 18 months. Then at the age of just over 3 years they were damaged by wind, and pruned hard, as a result. Now they are not quite 4 years and three months old. They need pruning again, once they finish flowering. You can visit this posting from last year to see what the bare field looked like on the day Zoe and I planted these trees.
By the way, why were the Aussies in blue and white track suits?
I note that the Swimmers are sticking to their traditional yellow swimming caps. And so they should.


Mosura said...

Fast growers! I planted an A. decurrens 18 months ago from a 4" pot and it's already 3.5m high almost as wide. Mine hasn't flowered yet.

Denis Wilson said...

Mine grow so fast that they are very vulnerable to wind damage. I recommend chopping their heads back every 2 years. Some of mine are under high power lines, and I don't want to get blamed for causing blackouts. Also easier to trim if smaller. Pretty plants, with nice perfume too.