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PRICKLY MOSES
Acacia verticillata

Acacia verticillata Acacia verticillata

Photo Locations: Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA and Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Tolerates poor soils, including heavy and alkaline conditions, aridity and heat. Good candidate for seaside tolerance. Resistant to oak root fungus.

Native to New South Wales and Tasmania.

Family: Fabaceae

Additional Common Names

VERTICILLATE ACACIA, STAR ACACIA, PRICKLY MOSES, PRICKLY MIMOSA

Tree Characteristics

Rounded or Vase Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 6 - 15 feet.

Width: 10 - 12 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity Less than 50 years.

Leaves Linear, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Yellow. Flowers in Spring. 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, Furrowed or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 14 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Wet to Dry Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Oak Root Fungus. Susceptible to Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Weak.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Attracts Birds.

Not Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acacia verticillata Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 23, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/acacia-verticillata >

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