Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' is a beautiful mimosa commonly known as the Cootamundra wattle is a native of New South Wales in Australia. It produces very beautiful ferny like leaves which when young are a deep purple colour fading to silver grey as they mature. During late winter masses of fluffy bright yellow flowers are produced which have a strong sweet marzipan (in my opinion !) like fragrance. Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' makes a medium sized busy shrub and can easliy be pruned to shape. The only downside is that it requires a warm spot in the garden and although tolerant of frosts needs to be in a milder location. But because it is fast growing and relatively inexpensive we thoroughly recommend trying this plant. It can also happily be grown in a container and brought into a cool glasshouse or conservatory for the winter. Indeed it makes a brilliant year round conservatory plant filling the air with it's amazing fragance in late winter.