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SWEET ACACIA
Acacia farnesiana

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Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Quail Botanic Gardens - Encinitas, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Does best in loose, well-drained soil. Intolerant of heavy, clay soils. Spines on branches. Flowers used for making perfume.

Has fragrant Flower.

Has thorns.

Native to Mexico and Central America.

Family: Fabaceae

Additional Common Names

SWEET ACACIA, MEALY WATTLE

Tree Characteristics

Rounded or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous to Partly Deciduous foliage.

Height: 15 - 25 feet.

Width: 15 - 25 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity Less than 50 years.

Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Blue Green or Dark Green, No Change, Deciduous to Partly Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Orange or Yellow. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Brown Pod, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Winter or Summer.

Bark Dark Brown, Dark Gray, Light Gray or Light Green, Scaly or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 13 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry and Well Drained Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Good Inland.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Texas Root Rot. Susceptible to Caterpillars, Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Weak.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.

Attracts Birds.

Not Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acacia farnesiana Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jan 22, 2018.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/acacia-farnesiana >

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