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Vachellia cornigera, Acacia cornigera, Bullhorn Acacia

Vachellia cornigera, Acacia cornigera

Bullhorn Acacia
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Central America, Mexico
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spiny

Bullhorn Acacia is best known for its symbiotic relationship with a species of Pseudomyrmex ant (Pseudomyrmex ferruginea) that lives in its hollowed-out thorns. Its species were considered members of genus Acacia until 2005.





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Vachellia farnesiana, Acacia farnesiana, Mimosa farnesiana, Yellow Mimosa, Sweet Wattle

Vachellia farnesiana, Acacia farnesiana, Mimosa farnesiana

Yellow Mimosa, Sweet Wattle
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Tropical America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterYellow/orange flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This is a bushy shrub that can be trained in a handsome small tree. It blooms with canary yellow powder puffs, sweetly fragrant.





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Acacia farnesiana - Sweet Mimosa

Sweet Mimosa. One of the most useful tropical plants that is very cold tolerant, blooms all winter through spring with honey-fragrant flowers - canary yellow powder puffs, attracting bees and butterflies. This is a large size, multi-stem thorny shrub 15x15 ft that requires some space. It is very fast growing, can be used as a good screen plant. It will bring you joy with pretty flowers and sweet fragrance even during freeze snaps when other trees lose leaves and suffer. This one will continue blooming and stays evergreen - a real survivor! Tolerates poor soils and drought too. Provide regular water to establish quicker.

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Vachellia karroo, Acacia karroo, Sweet Thorn

Vachellia karroo, Acacia karroo

Sweet Thorn
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: South Africa
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This is one of South Africa's most beautiful and useful trees. It is integrally part of Africa's history having been used for everything from raft-making to sewing needles and fencing for the houses of the royal Zulu women. The thorns were even used by early naturalists to pin the insects they collected!

Bark used in tanning, rope making and production of edible gum. The root is used in traditional medicine.



Vachellia karroo, Acacia karroo, Sweet Thorn
Vachellia karroo, Acacia karroo, Sweet Thorn
Vachellia karroo, Acacia karroo, Sweet Thorn


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Acacia karroo - seeds

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Vachellia sieberiana, Acacia sieberiana, Paperbark Thorn

Vachellia sieberiana, Acacia sieberiana

Paperbark Thorn
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: South Africa
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.

This tree is easily propagated from seed that has been immersed in boiling water and soaked overnight. Protect young plants from frost. They are suited to medium to large gardens. Allow these magnificent trees the space to show off their wonderful shapes - don't crowd and clutter them.

This tree is half-hardy and very fast-growing with fertile soil and sufficient water, and tolerates temperatures ranging from about -2C to +40C.





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Vachellia sphaerocephala, Acacia sphaerocephala, Bulls-Horn Acacia, Bee Wattle

Vachellia sphaerocephala, Acacia sphaerocephala

Bulls-Horn Acacia, Bee Wattle
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Mexico
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow/orange flowersThorny or spiny

The name comes from the shape of the thorns which do indeed resemble the horns of a bull. The tree has a strong, symbiotic relationship with a species of ant, Pseudomyrmex sphaerocephala for which it is the obligate habitat. The ants act as caretakers for the tree, and clear the ground and keep it free of any other plants and even prune surrounding branches of other trees that threaten to outshade the acacia. Without the protection of the ant colony, the acacia tree would fall vulnerable to chewing insects such as beetles or caterpillars, and surrounding trees and shrubs would quickly outcompete the acacia without the maintnance work of the ants to keep the tree safe.

Close related species - Acacia collinsii.





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