- Author: Heather Hamilton
As a florist, my favorite season is in the fall. It has so many rich and colorful textures. It is the one time of the year I get to work with my absolute favorite foliage the Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea'. Over the weekend I was so moved by the wedding I did with the absolute beautiful arrangements and bouquets, which added so much contrast to the flowers. It has a grayish purple tint to it with tiny little seeds at the tips. It is super hardy and lasts a long time in arrangements. The Acacia is in the flowering plant family of Fabaceae and is native to Australia and New Zealand. It is a medium sized tree reaching 30' x 40' that has beautiful yellow flowers in early January that attract birds and butterflies. It is drought-tolerant, which makes a great tree choice in our current climate. If you ever get the chance to work with this plant I am absolutely sure you will be just as enthralled as I have been!