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Acacia minuta (syn Vachelia farnesiana) - Sweet Wattle or Needle Bush

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  • 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. Acacia minuta makes a great bonsai because of its small leaves and suckers, branching out freely. From Spring to Summer the Sweet Wattle's scented yellow puff ball flowers open, followed by large, decorative seedpods that will turn brown during Autumn. The seeds of the Sweet Wattle 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. 

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