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Senegalia galpinii

Family: Fabaceae (Pod-bearing family)

Common names: Monkey Thorn (E); Apiesdoring (A); Molopa (NS);

Native to: Southern Africa
Tree
Formerly known as Acacia galpinii, this large, semi-deciduous tree has a spreading roundish crown.

Senegalia galpinii

SEMI-DECIDUOUS

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

FRAGRANT

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

AVERAGE SIZE:

20m x 10m

MAXIMUM SIZE:

25m x 12m
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

Senegalia galpinii

DESCRIPTION

Formerly known as Acacia galpinii, this large, semi-deciduous tree has a spreading roundish crown. The bark is corky, rough and yellowish-brown. It has dark brown recurved thorns. The leaves are fine with a large gland just below the first leaflets. The flowers are long spikes which are reddish just before opening and cream when open. The pod is straight, purplish brown and brittle when mature.

WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
This tree attracts a host of insects and birds with its flowers, fruit and even provides shelter to several species.
LANDSCAPING USES
A magnificent tree for a large garden. It makes a stunning tree for lining a road. It is useful to attract birds to the garden. Bees and wasps frequent the flowers.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Forest, Woodland
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
BARK
SPINES
CULTIVATION
Monkey-thorn is easy to propagate from seed soaked in warm water overnight. Protect young saplings from frost.
CAUTION
The Monkey Thorn has hooked thorns that can be rather vicious.

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