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Texas Huisache

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TEXAS HUISACHE
Acacia smallii - Mimosaceae, Mimosa Family

 

DESCRIPTION: 

Medium-sized tree to shrub; densely branched; armed with long, paired, straight spines at bases of leaves.

  • Height: 15-30 feet.

  • Flowers: Very fragrant, bright golden, round heads; mid-December to mid-March.

  • Fruit: 2 to 3 inch-long, black woody pods.

  • Foliage: Deciduous, gray-green leaflets.

  • Bark: Reddish-brown, forming ridges andfurrows with age.

  • Growth rate. Rapid.


REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Full.

  • Soil: Any.

  • Drainage: Good to moderate; tolerant of poor drainage.

  • Water: Moderate to low; drought tolerant.

  • Maintenance: Prune saplings to remove narrow crotch angles; avoid water logging; twig girdlers and leaf-cutter ants favor.


NATIVE HABITAT:

Many.

 

WILDLIFE USE: 

Cover, nest sites; important nesting tree for white-winged doves; browsed by wildlife and livestock; pollen, not nectar, used by bees; small mammals eat seeds.


COMMENTS: 

Pods used for ink, juice for pottery- mending glue, bark for dying skins, flowers for perfumes; firewood; medicinal values. Showy, glowing golden blooms with a magnificent perfume signals the first sign of spring in the lower Rio Grande Valley; pioneer species, quick shade as nurse tree; can be trimmed to dense shrub or sheared hedge. 

 

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