I’ve got a wattle that I was told only lives a couple of years. Wondering if it’s possible to tell it’s current age and how much life it has remaining? There’s a two story high house behind, to give an idea of height.

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  • It is difficult from such photo. You need to get pictures of trunk, and of branches from trunk (so from "inside". In any case I would say: less than 10 years, possibly around 5 to 7 years. Where do you live? (the climate and region could help to get better estimates). Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 11:17
  • I live in Melbourne, Australia. Can’t get more photos now. I believe it’s a type of wattle, but don’t know which one exactly.
    – Simon E
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 11:19

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I agree it could be 7 to 10 years old, I had one in a botanical garden that we cared for and was that size at 8-9 years. It looks like a very happy shrub. Here are some facts about the Acacia pycnantha:

  • Habit: evergreen shrub less than 2 m tall or shrub or small tree less than 5 m tall, can be multi-stemmed from or near ground level
  • Longevity: short-lived less than 15 years
  • Growth rate: fast
  • Coppicing ability: nil or negligible
  • Root system: shallow and spreading, fixes nitrogen via root symbiotic
  • Erosion control potential: excellent for clayey sites or excellent for sandy sites

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