Botanical Name: Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'
Common Name: Purple-Leaf Acacia  
Plant photo of: Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range

12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Grey Green, Purple


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Patio, Roadside


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Screen


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Norman's/Dave Ryder
  • Description

  • Notes

One of the showiest Acacias for Western gardens. It usually grows to 15' in height, with a compact, dense habit, and it is one of the first plants to flower, blooming heavily in late winter. It has soft, textured leaves that are usually purple/green. It is very drought tolerant and comes from Eastern Australia.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball just above ground level. 3. Mix soil with 25% amendment and %75 soil. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.