General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Plant Height: 7-25 feet
Plant Spread: 15-25 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Used to produce tannin & leather dye
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Other: Flowers are used in Europe as an ingredient for perfume
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Dye production
Erosion control
Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds: presoaked for 12 hours
Days to germinate: 25-353
Depth to plant seed: 1-3 in. below ground
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Wasps
Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Sweet Acacia
  • Huisache
  • Jurema-Branca
  • Needle Bush
  • Mealy Wattle
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Vachellia farnesiana
  • Synonym: Acacia farnesiana

  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 18, 2018 8:51 AM concerning plant:
    Acacia farnesiana is a shrub to small tree with clusters of sweetly scented golden-yellow flowers that resemble little puffballs. The blooms attract many bees and butterflies to the garden. Sweet Acacia is deciduous in some areas but remains evergreen in warmer climates. The plant is fairly drought tolerant once established but holds its leaves better when given adequate amounts of water. Acacia farnesiana can become naturalized and is considered a pest plant of concern in some parts of the world.
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