Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
NOTE: Originally 'Red Tips'
ORIGIN: Acacia 'Ruby Tips' was selected from the wild in Kingower State Forest by Mr D Pocock of Bindelong Nursery, Victoria, in 1988. It is a form of Acacia acinacea. The cultivar was first received in June 1988. Registration applied for by Mr D Pocock, Wandin North, Victoria.
DESCRIPTION: Acacia 'Ruby Tips' is a small to medium shrub; branches often arching, phyllodes 0.5-2.5cm x 0.5-1cm, oblong or oval, smooth or hairy, dense, each with a distinctly recurved point; flower heads globular, small and golden yellow, profuse; peduncles 1-2 per axil; pods 2-5 x up to 0.3cm, curved or straight, slightly constricted between seeds.
DIAGNOSIS: The distinguishing feature of this cultivar is the bright red colour of the new growth.
CULTIVATION: Grows in moist, well drained gravels and soils, but adapts to heavy clays. Likes dappled shade, partial or full sun. Acacia acinacea is a widely planted ornamental species that is also suitable for low windbreaks. Frost tolerant and moderately drought resistant. Some low growing forms sucker, as does this cultivar, to provide a dense ground cover with age. Propagation must be by vegetative means to preserve the cultivar form.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966
old leaves: Yellow-Green Group 147B
margins of old leaves: Red Group 43A
new leaves: Red-Purple Group 59A
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC432, ACRA281, CBG8801140
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 11 October 1991