Acacia smallii

Sweet Acacia
Plant Type

Tree

Evergreen-Deciduous

Deciduous

Overall Mature Size

Medium

Mature Height & Spread

15-30′ x 15-25′

Exposure

Full to partial sun

Water

Medium, Low Water

Flower Color

Yellow

Bloom Time

Spring

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15, 24″ Box

Natural Growth Habit

Rounding

Sunset Garden Zones

8, 9, 12-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

8A-11

Moderately fast-growing deciduous tree to 15-30’ tall x 15-25’ wide. Highly popular in arid climates, this attractive species is vase-shaped in youth, to eventually develop an airy, more rounded canopy with age. Thorned-branches clothed with small bright-green leaves are accented with fragrant, powder-puff-like golden-yellow flowers that appear in early to mid-spring, attracting bees. Flowers are followed by bright-green, bean-like seed pods that eventually mature to light brown. This relatively small-growing tree is well-suited for open areas, as a courtyard specimen, or as a large planter box centerpiece, though its thorned-branches are formidable which should be considered when choosing a planting location. Tolerates a variety of soil types (provided they’re well-drained), requires little water once established, and thrives in a full to partial sun exposure.

USDA Zone: 8A-11
Sunset Zone: 8, 9, 12-24

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