SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: The Living Desert - Palm Desert, CA and San Diego Zoo, Escondido, CA
A large spiny tree with an open rounded crown and spreading branches. Deeply rooted with a somewhat whitish stem and branches that display a typical zigzag growth form. Traditionally used alongside crop production because of its nitrogen-fixing benefits.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Africa.
A Faidherbia albida in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 74 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 102 inches and a crown spread of 77 feet.
Additional Common Names
WINTER THORN, WHITE THORN, ANA TREE
Spreading with a High Canopy.
Rounded or Vase Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 90 - 100 feet.
Width: 40 - 50 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Creamy White. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Reddish Brown Pod, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Spring, Summer or Fall.
Bark Creamy White to Dark Brown, Rough.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 8, 9 and 14 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry and Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Beetle Borers, Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Faidherbia albida Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 23, 2018.
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