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Wright's Catclaw

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WRIGHT'S CATCLAW Uņa de Gato
Acacia wrightii - Mimosaceae, Mimosa Family


DESCRIPTION:

Small tree to shrub, armed with recurved catclaw-like prickles on twigs.

  • Height: 6 20 feet, can exceed 30 feet.

  • Flowers: Creamy-white in elongated spikes; after rainfall.

  • Fruit: Slightly contorted, flat, thin pods.

  • Foliage: Pallid-green leaflets.

  • Bark: Thin, gray-brown when young; ridged later.

  • Growth rate: Moderate to fair.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Partial shade to full sun.

  • Soil: Any.

  • Drainage: Good to moderate.

  • Water.- Very drought tolerant, little supplemental water needed once established.

  • Maintenance: Requires pruning of lower branches.

  • Propagation: Seed.

NATIVE HABITAT: 

Many.

WILDLIFE USE: 

Cover, nest sites; attractive to bees.

COMMENTS: 

Superb honey source; wood used for fuel and posts. Feathery foliage provides filtered shade; attractive combination of twisted flat pods and fragrant flowers make this specimen a good accent plant for a small area; vicious catclaw thorns become very effective in a security hedge.

 
 

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