Ask a Question forum: Planting Huisache within its guild

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Jan 17, 2015 8:02 AM CST
I am interested in learning what other plants would do well in the vicinity of a Huisache tree. Our community garden purchased a small Huisache tree some months ago intending to use the tree to support wildlife in this 2 and 1/2 acres garden. Largely due to the thorns, we have not reached agreement on placement. Having learned a little about plant guilds, we would like to understand better what guild this tree fits into. Thank you for any ideas!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Jan 17, 2015 8:11 AM CST Admin

Here's the plant in question:

Huisache (Acacia farnesiana)

Usually guilds try to provide useful things for the members. For example, fruit trees need pollinators, so it's recommended to plant flowers that attracts bees, like bee balm, comfrey and stuff like that.

So, what does Huisache need? It's a nitrogen fixer, it attracts bees, it has lots of good beneficial properties. Other than its thorns and poisonous fruit, I'd say that the Huisache is a fine specimen to include in nearly any guild. I'd advise perennial herbs planted under and around it, any herbs that you'd find useful.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Jan 17, 2015 12:10 PM CST
I live where Huisache is a major nuisance invasive. I can't imagine planting one on purpose, much less paying for one! Perhaps it will not be a problem in your area, however. Where is this tree going to be growing?

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