(San Diego Landscaping and Design features one plant each week seasonally in its prime, or which can be used as a year-around stalwart in the garden. We recommend the plants listed because of their outstanding features as water-wise and durable additions to San Diego landscapes).
Dramatic silvery foliage on drooping limbs makes Weeping Acacia (Acacia pendula) a great addition to the San Diego landscape in any season. This small- to-medium-sized tree grows from 15 to possibly 20 feet in height, and it is certain to draw attention with its unusual foliage color (silver and gray with a hint of blue) on branches that can hang nearly to the ground. It is indistinguishable from a bush in its youth and will probably need its lower branches removed at some point to showcase it as a tree. I have kept a Weeping Acacia in a large pot on my patio for at least ten years, where it seems content to grow and act as the largest and most stately member of a large group of container plants. Even though I keep Weeping Acacia in a container, don’t be afraid to plant it into the ground where it tolerates a variety of soil conditions
Don’t expect much of a floral display, which is brief and not impressive. It’s the shimmering foliage that makes Weeping Acacia (Acacia pendula) an interesting and showy addition to the drought tolerant gardens in San Diego