The very thorny Acacia species is native to Mexico and Central America but spread around the Southern Hemisphere. The bipinnate leaves are made of tiny leaflets, growing among large thorns. It makes a great bonsai because of its small leaves and suckers, branching out freely. From Spring to Summer the scented yellow puff ball flowers open, followed by large, decorative seedpods that will turn brown during Autumn. The seeds are in fact edible and good for flour. With it not being a very frost hardy plant, it can only withstand light morning frosts. Therefore, it can only be planted out on the Southern Coast and cities such as London. If not, it is best to keep it in a large pot on the patio or in a conservatory and over the Winter for it to be frost free. A great ornamental plant, rarely offered.
|Fruit||flat, brown pod|
|Position||full sun in a sheltered position|
|Rate of growth||fast|
|Height and spread||1-2m in a pot|
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Also known as: Huisache (meaning "thorn")
Native to: Central America
Family: Fabaceae - Pea Family
Habit (UK conditions): small tree in a pot (fast grower)
Typical size in 5 years (UK conditions, in pot): 2-3 x 1m
Main value: flowers, foliage, thorns
Flowers are: bright yellow
Flowering period: May-August (intermittently)
Autumn coloration: - (evergreen)
Preferences: full sun with moderate watering
Hardiness: not hardy in most of the UK and in Western, Central and Northern Europe
Known hazards: none to our knowledge
Edible uses: some sources state that the seeds are edible and provides flour in the tropics for some locals