AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 12m x 16m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
Formerly known as Acacia sieberiana var woodii, this is a semi-decidous to decidous tree with a large and spreading flat crown. The bark is light brown and corky, peeling off in interesting, large flat sections. The flowers are cream-coloured, scented balls, which attract a host of insects. It bears long, straight prickles that cause considerable pain when handled incorrectly. Older trees may loose their thorns completely since the plant doesn’t need protection from browsers .ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The scented flowers entice beetles, bees and butterflies which in turn attract insectivorous birds (e.g. Sunbirds). It is a favoured nesting site for many birds, including Crested Barbets. The pods are favoured by Grey Go-away Birds.
Remove dead foliage from the base of the tree to avoid accidentally stepping on thorns.
Water young plants regularly in summer for the first 2 years, thereafter, they should be able to survive on rainfall.
Suitable for large gardens or street plantings where the roots will not interfere with structures.
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