A prickly query

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Q Could you tell me the name of this plant?

Mrs M D Gra­ham, Holy­well, Flintshire

A I think the plant is prickly Moses or star-leaved wat­tle (Aca­cia ver­ti­cil­lata), which is na­tive to south­ern Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia and makes a shrub up to 15ft (3m) tall.

It has conifer-like nee­dles and the pale-yel­low flow­ers come in spring and early sum­mer. It is not fully hardy in the UK, though may sur­vive out­side in a shel­tered spot in milder areas.

It is re­sis­tant to salt-laden wind and can be clipped into a for­mal hedge.

Aca­cia ver­ti­cil­lata grows in Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia

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