Vachellia sieberiana var. woodii

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AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 12m x 16m
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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.

MAINTENANCE:
Remove dead foliage from the base of the tree to avoid accidentally stepping on thorns.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water young plants regularly in summer for the first 2 years, thereafter, they should be able to survive on rainfall.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Suitable for large gardens or street plantings where the roots will not interfere with structures.
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