Our Favorite Acacias

Acacias are easily grown trees native to Australia where they are known as Wattles. Almost all acacia make good container plants inside and all can be raised outside in warmer climates. Below are some of our favorites:

D2957 Apple Ring Acacia ( Acacia albida )
A large tree to 60 ft. with blue feathery foliage ( see bottom of photo ). Large spikes of creamy yellow flowers. Good for enriching the soil. Prefers sandy soils. Pods readily eaten by game and stock, and leaves eaten by all farm animals except horses. No recorded indications of poisoning.
Highly promising as a forage plant in areas with a prolonged dry season. A full-grown tree able to produce well over 100 kg of pods a year. Bark contains 28% tannin. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 8-10.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
2182 Prairie Acacia ( Acacia angustissima )
White 1/2 - 1" puff-like flowers tinged pink or lavender, with yellow stamens, May to July. Shrub to 5 feet with feathery bipinnate leaves. Missouri to Costa Rica. The bark is used for tanning and is added to fermenting drinks. The most northerly and probably the most hardy of our native Acacias.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN290 Acacia Arabica
Acacia arabica has the local name of Babul and is commonly found in dry forest areas. It is commonly found in India particularly in Punjab, Rajasthan and Southern states of India.
The tree is covered in fragrant yellow flowers and is an ornamental plant.
It occurs wild in India and tropical Africa. The bark of babul tree contains tannin and gallic acid. The leaves and fruits of the tree also contain tannin and gallic acid. The various parts of babul tree is useful in diarrhoea. The bark of the babul tree is useful in the treatment of eczema.
Zone 9 and higher outside.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM092 Flamethorn ( Acacia ataxancantha )
A scrambling shrub or climber with long slender branches, yellow-brown bark, with light brown slash. Flowers 4-8 cm long, dense, subsessile in axillary white spikes. Much used for making impenetrable live fences. Long, straight shoots used as walking sticks, bows, poles. Bark used for ropes. Ethno-medicine against syphilis, boils, helminthiasis and wound treatment, headache, toothache, respiratory diseases.
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2180 Earleaf Acacia ( Acacia auriculiformis )
Fast growing small tree to 95 feet and 2 feet thick. Has flat, 8" leaves, short spikes of flowers and much-twisted pods. N. Australia, New Guinea. Excellent for tropical reforestation. It has been known to grow 19 feet in 2 years, and 55 feet in 8 years. Fast growing even in poor clay or sand soils. Builds soils by fixing nitrogen, and can smother Imperata grass. Produces up to 20 cubic meters of firewood or pulpwood per hectare per year. Stands soil ranging from pH 9.0 to 3.0, and rainfall from arid to 8 feet per year. Exudes a clear gum with unusual properties which may become economically valuable. Zone 10 and higher.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
D1164 Golden Mimosa ( Acacia baileyana )
Small graceful tree well adapted to growing inside. Has such a profusion of beautiful flowers that they seem to cover the entire plant. Cold hardy to 18 degrees outside. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 8-10.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
SF229 Mulga Wattle ( Acacia aneura )
This small desert tree is one of Australia's most common and widespread trees and is found in all dry regions in the lower two thirds of the continent. Its foliage is very narrow, needle-like and distinctly silvery-gray, the bright yellow flowers are held in dense, small clusters. Acacia aneura adapts well to cultivation and once established makes a very robust and drought tolerant tree for desert landscaping in USDA Zones 8 to 11. Outside of desert areas it needs light and very free draining soils.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50

BM03 Purple Leaf Acacia ( Acacia baileyana atropurpurea )
An excellent new addition to our acacia selections. This is a fast growing evergreen, medium sized tree with silvery blue-gray feathery leaves that are tinged with purple when emerging, only new growth has this purple color. Will grow about 20 feet tall and as wide as the plant is tall, with weeping branches. Nice, sweet fragrant bright golden yellow flowers, in small globose clusters appear in late winter through early spring. Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN487 Guajillo Acacia ( Acacia berlandieri )
Guajillo is a small, spreading tree that grows to 12 feet tall by 12 feet wide. It is very shrub-like but can be trained into a small accent tree. Naturally multi-trunked, it is evergreen in the low elevation zones and briefly deciduous where winters have regular frosts. The compound light-green leaves are divided into many tiny leaflets giving Guajillo an interesting, fern-like appearance. Variable sized thorns are present on branches. In the late spring, hundreds of creamy white flower clusters burst into bloom. These ball-like flower clusters are sweetly fragrant. Native to Texas and the Chihuahuan desert, Guajillo is usually grown as a large, rounded shrub but is easily trained to a small tree.
Cold hardy to 15 degrees.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRN584 Wadalee Gum ( Acacia catecu )
An attractive tree from India with short hooked spines and yellow flowers., growing to about 20 ft. tall. The leaves and small lower branches eaten by cattle. Heartwood yields important khaki dye.
The wood of Acacia catechu is light to dark red, darkening upon exposure. It is smooth and lustrous, taking a fine polish, with a coarse texture and close, straight grain. It is strong, very hard, heavy and durable. It is difficult to work, due to its hardness and extractive content. It has a high specific gravity of 0.98, with a weight of 61 pounds per cubic foot.
Wadalee is a multipurpose tree, whose wood extractives are used for tanning, dyeing (khaki), treating fishing nets and sails, medicinally (keersal – a pale crystalline deposit) and as a masticatory with pan or betel-leaf (kath). A pale yellow mucilaginous gum exudes from the tree, yielding one of the best substitutes for true gum arabic.
The wood is used for structural work, house-posts, wells, agricultural implements, rice pestles, cane crushers, oil mills, clod crushers, hookah stems, bows, spear handles, tools and tool handles, sword handles, rolling pins, flutes, furniture, boats, firewood and charcoal for goldsmiths and wheel teeth and spokes.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
TRN279 Scorpion Wattle ( Acacia cinninnata )
A small to moderately-sized, evergreen, tropical tree to about 50 feet tall with long phyllodes and spikes of cream white, scented flowers. Grown for it's fragrant flowers and unique seed pods that twist into a scorpion type shape.
Acacia cincinnata is native to Australia and islands of the South West Pacific, where it grows in open forests. It makes a nice ornamental and is also planted for its dark, tough timber. Zone 9 and higher outside.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRN292 White Thorn ( Acacia constricta )
A deciduous plant that can vary in size from a medium shrub to a small tree. Typically it grows slowly to a feet in height, forming dense thickets. Some specimens may reach 10' tall by 15' wide with ample moisture.
The ferny foliage is medium green in color.
Prominent white thorns are common on juvenile foliage giving it the name White Thorn. Yellow fragrant puffball flowers appear in spring and continue through summer. They are followed by brown, curved bean-like pods which are favored by quail. Whitethorn acacia is native to the washes and rocky hills of Arizona, Texas and Nevada at elevations of 1500 to 6500 feet. Hardy to minus 10°F.
 5 seeds $2.95
BM04 Knife Leaf Acacia ( Acacia cultriformis )
An excellent xeriscape, drought resistant multi-trunk small tree growing to about 15 feet tall and as wide. Has gray-green leaves and fragrant yellow rounded flowers form in clusters in spring. Needs well draining soil, does not tolerate standing water. Plant in full sun to light shade. Somewhat frost resistant. Flowers in spring make for great cut flower arrangements. Cold hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
2184 Coastal Wattle ( Acacia cyclops )
Yellow flowered shrubby tree to 10' with numerous narrow phyllodes, twisted pods. Good hedge plant.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
IP128 Silver Wattle ( Acacia dealbata )
This beautiful small evergreen tree from Australia is smothered with masses of exceptionally fine silver-grey, delicate foliage which is topped with fluffy, pale lemon, sweetly scented flowers in late winter and early spring. It is best grown in milder gardens in a sunny spot and free-draining soil and is very fast-growing once established and ideal for exotic gardens.
Pompom yellow mimosa flowers are produced on this evergreen tree against a backdrop of feathery foliage. In spring the scented, nectar-rich blooms provide a valuable source of food for bees and other insects. In mild climates, Acacia dealbata plants can be grown outdoors, making a brilliant specimen for sheltered borders.
It has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. Ideal for patio, greenhouse, conservatory, scented gardens, wildlife gardens, low maintenance gardens.
Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 7-10.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50

H901 Wattle Bark ( Acacia decurrens )
The bark of this beautiful tree is used to make a decoction that is useful for diarrhea, sore throats and as a gargle. Even without its medical properties, this tree should be in everyone's yard for its ornamental value. Zones 8-10
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
D2932 Perfume Acacia ( Acacia farnesiana )
A beautiful shrub that flowers profusely. The flowers are so fragrant, they are used to make perfume in France, especially on the Riviera. You should have this plant in your garden. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 8-10. Cannot ship to PR
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
TRN550 Brisbane Golden Wattle ( Acacia fimbriata )
Fast growing, profusely flowering with small yellow balls. Foliage is light green with a soft appearance.
It flowers in spring, producing masses of long cylindrical spikes of fluffy, butter yellow, globular flowers. It responds well to regular pruning to keep it tidy and compact.
This tree is great as a fast growing screen because of its dense foliage. Cold hardy to about 18 degrees.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
NW46 Profuse Flowering Acacia ( Acacia floribunda )
In case you haven't guessed from the name, this is a very heavy blooming shrub. Has beautiful foliage as well. Good container plant. Beautiful fragrant flowers. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 8-10.
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TRN055 Monkey Thorn ( Acacia galpinii )
A fast growing, deciduous, medium to large size tree that can reach 50-75 feet tall, native to the forests of south-eastern and southern Africa.
Monkeys like to take cover in this large tree and may also eat the pods and seeds, hence the common name.
It develops a straight trunk with rough, scaly, greyish-brown bark, a spreading crown, branches armed with vicious spines, bipinnate foliage and creamy-yellow flowers, followed by reddish purple seed pods.
Makes an excellent shade tree, it tolerates heat and drought well and is ideal for tropical and some warm-temperate climates. Zones 8b-10
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
TRM091 Paper Bark Acacia ( Acacia gerrardii )
Acacia gerrardii can grow to a mature height of 30' to 35' feet and as wide. In natural setting it is found in arid river valleys or shrubby uplands. Its growth rate and overall appearance is similar to that of Sweet Acacia (Acacia smallii).
Like the Sweet Acacia, it also produces a scattered shade but has leaves that are slightly larger. White colored 1/4 to 1/2 inch diameter flowers appear in spring that develop into curved, gray, velvety seed pods.
On young trees thorns are numerous, found in pairs and are bright white making them easily visible. These thorns are very superficial and as the branch matures the thorns are sloughed off as layers of papery brown to tan bark peels off. Mature trunks and branches are almost thorn free. The leaf canopy is broad and may be either flat topped or dome shaped. Grey-haired Acacia is temperature deciduous and in colder locations will lose all its leaves in winter.
It is hardy to at least 20 degrees F and sustained only minor damage from temperatures as low as 15 F.
Its unusual papery bark, ample shade and spring flowers make Acacia gerrardii an excellent tree to mix with more traditional arid landscape species in both formal and more naturalistic desert landscape designs.
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TRM121 Horned Thorn ( Acacia grandicornuta )
Grows to 10m, round-topped tree, black bark, white balls of flowers Summer. Sow Spring. Zone 10. Native to South Africa.
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TRN291 Catclaw ( Acacia greggii )
Catclaw Acacia is also known as the Wait-A-Minute Plant, proably as the thorns will grab you and not let go. The spines are curved and look very much like a domestic cat's claws. This is a fast growing deciduous tree that can be pruned to grow the way you prefer.
Grows from 10-20 feet tall. Hardy to 0°F. Provides airy shade, and is gorgeous when in bloom. Seed pods provide important food for wildlife. Flower spikes are rod-shaped, and are up to 2 inches long. Zones 7-11.
 5 seeds $2.95
RDP005 Fish Poison Wattle ( Acacia holosericea )
Called Fish Poison Wattle because in it's native land, the plant is used as a way of harvesting fish from a waterhole by using leaves which give off noxious substances when soaked in water. This stuns the fish making them "drunk" so that they float to the surface or onto the bank where they can be collected. Fish collected in this way are safe to eat, or so we are told, we did find a reference to this at http://reocities.com/Athens/delphi/2970/a_holose.htm, but we of course do not recommend this plant be used for any such purposes.
It is a 20' tall shrubby tree with triangular shaped branchlets with wide phyllodes obovate to 6". Flowerheads are 2" long yellow spikes. Produces twisted fruits. Zone 9 or higher.
  Package of 5 seeds, $2.50
TRN677 Sweet Thorn ( Acacia karroo )
This small to medium, rather short-lived tree has a rounded crown to about 30 feet tall with finely pinnate leaves, long, white thorns and masses of yellow flowers in small, spherical heads, followed by narrow, flat pods. It is widely distributed in various types of savannas in southern Africa on sandy soils.
It makes a beautiful, drought tolerant ornamental for dry tropical and some warm temperate climates. As is common in acacias, edible gum seeps from cracks in the tree's bark, and is an important part of the bushbaby's winter diet. The gum can be used to manufacture candy (see Gum arabic) and used to have economic importance as "Cape Gum". In dry areas, the tree's presence is a sign of water, both above and underground.
The tree is especially useful as forage and fodder for domestic and wild animals. Apparently, there is no risk of poisoning from it. Goats seem to like V. karroo better than cattle. The small pom-pom shaped yellow flowers are attractive in mid-summer. The flowers make it a very good source of forage for honey bees; honey from it has a pleasant taste. Zone 9 or higher.
  Package of 5 seeds, $2.50
2181 Hawaiian Mahogany ( Acacia koa )
The monarch of native Hawaiian forest trees. Height varies from 60' to 100'with a dark green spreading crown of crescent shaped "leaves". Under perfect conditions the hard, straight trunks may be seen growing to 80' with 10' trunks. Greatly valued for it's beautiful red wood with wavy lines. Zone 9 and higher.
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RHP003 Braidwood Wattle ( Acacia kybeansis )
Evergreen bush will grow from 4'-6' wide, into a small tree about 20 feet tall, gray leaves, with spines on branches. Brilliant yellow flower ball in spring, you simply have to see it to believe how beautiful it is. Use as backdrop specimen. Established in Northern Arizona. Will tolerate cold and some snow.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
TRN485 Golden Wattle ( Acacia latifolia )
Syn. Acacia longifolia. - A fast-growing bushy shrub or small tree to 20 feet tall and as wide. Long light green leaves and fragrant round, golden yellow flowers appear in winter to early spring along end of branches. Salt tolerant so a useful for seaside conditions. Frost and drought resistant - hardy to 20 degrees F. Used as a screen or windbreak, it is often seen growing along highways in California.
 5 seeds $2.95
JF344 White Bark Acacia ( Acacia leucophloea )
Native to Java, this is a large thorny tree attaining a height of 100 feet. Trunk stout, dividing into several large diameter branches. Open-grown specimens have a characteristic wide umbrella-like crown. Bark white to yellowish gray, smooth, exfoliating in long strips, on old trees becoming black and rough. Leaves bipinnately compound, with 4-13 pairs of pinnae, each with 5-30 pairs of leaflets. Circular glands found on the rachis below the junction of paired-pinnae. The feathery green foliage offers a strong contrast to the light-coloured bark. Spines 2-5 mm long, at the base of leaves. Flowers conspicuous, light-yellow to cream in color.
Food: The germinated seeds are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. They contain crude protein 27 percent dry matter. The other major nutrient contents are crude lipid 5 percent, crude fibre 7 percent, ash 4 percent and total crude carbohydrates, 58 percent. The seeds are a rich source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and manganese.
A. leucophloea is an important dry-season fodder and pasture tree throughout its range. Leaves, tender shoots and pods are eagerly consumed by goats, sheep and cattle. Leaves contain 15 percent crude protein and 19 percent crude fiber. However, due to hydrocyanic acid toxicity A. leucophloea should not be used as a sole feed. Fuel: It is appreciated as firewood and is suitable for charcoal production. Fibre: Fibres from the inner bark are used to make fish nets and rough rope. Timber: Its wood is strong, heavy and hard, density 720-890 kg/cu m at 15 percent moisture content. It seasons well and takes a good polish. The brick-red heartwood is very beautiful and is used to make decorative furniture. The pale yellow sapwood is perishable. The utilization of this species is limited because its wood has irregular interlocked grain, a rough texture and is difficult to work.
Commodities produced from the wood include poles, farming implements, carts, wheels, turnery, indoor construction timbers, flooring and furniture. Gum or resin: A water-soluble gum of fair quality can be extracted from the stem and root bark. Tannin or dyestuff: The leaves yield a black dye and the bark produces a reddish-brown substance used to manufacture dyes and tannins. The bark is used to distill liquor in India. Gum is used medicinally.
Shade or shelter: During dry seasons, this tree protects livestock and understory pasture from excessive temperatures. The tree is suitable as a firebreak due to its fire resistance. Reclamation: A. leucophloea is a good reforestation species for poor soils in low rainfall areas. Nitrogen fixing: It fixes atmospheric nitrogen through a symbiotic relationship with Rhizobium bacteria which enables it to survive on infertile sites. Ornamental: The vivid colors of its leaves, flowers and bark make A. leucophloea a beautiful, yet underutilized, ornamental tree. Intercropping: Interplanting A. leucophloea at low densities with crops or pasture grasses can benefit both crops and trees. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 8-10.
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TRN618 Coastal Wattle ( Acacia Longifolia sophorae )
Widespread in coastal eastern and southern Australia and Tasmania, this moderate, spreading shrub is a typical plant of seashores and usually found on sandy soils. It makes a lovely and profusely flowering ornamental for temperate and warm temperate climates and also a great windbreak and stabilizer for sand dunes.
Zone 8 and higher outside.
 5 seeds $2.95
SF130 Silkleaf Acacia ( Acaca mangium )
A very popular acacia that we've received many requests for. Sports 8" curved blue/grey leaves with long yellow racemes of yellow flowers. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 8-10.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
RHP004 Late Black Wattle ( Acacia mearnsii )
An upright spreading tree from southeastern Australia. Short trunk, blackish bark and a wide leafy crown of shiny, dark green leaves. Covered with clusters of pale yellow globular flowers in late spring to early summer. An excellent shade tree growing about 25 feet tall. Zones 8-11. Cannot ship to HI
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
D7811 Blackwood Acacia ( Acacia melanoxylon )
From Tasmania. Large tree with cream colored flowers and unique reddish-brown pods. This is a wonderful shade tree that compliments any lawn. Zones 8-11.
  Package of 20 seeds $2.50
TRN619 Knob Thorn Acacia ( Acacia nigrescens )
A deciduous, small to medium-sized tree which occurs in various savanna regions, often at low altitudes, and in rocky areas, on well drained soil. It is drought and termite-resistant. It is a deciduous tree that grows 15 to 40 feet tall with a long cylindrical shape and rounded crown. It has knobs on the trunks and on branches with persistent thorns arising on the knobs, thus the common name.
Flowers are yellowish white in elongated spikes. They appear before or with the new leaves making the tree very conspicuous. The wood is hard and drought and termite resistant but frost-tender; it has been used to make fence posts and mine props. The knob thorn yields good quality firewood producing lasting coals and severe heat. It also makes a good bonsai subject. It is not regularly used for furniture because it is difficult to cut. Knob thorn leaves and pods are included in the diet of elephant, giraffe, kudu, duiker, impala and steenbok.
Zone 9 and higher outside.
 5 seeds $2.95
W166 Scented Thorn Acacia ( Acacia nilotica )
An easy to grow acacia reaching about 25 feet tall when mature. In part of its range smallstock consume the pods and leaves, but elsewhere it is also very popular with cattle. Pods are used as a supplement to poultry rations in India. Dried pods are particularly sought out by animals on rangelands. In India branches are commonly lopped for fodder. Pods are best fed dry as a supplement, not as a green fodder.
Trees used in Sudan for afforestation of inundated areas. Sapwood is yellowish-white, heartwood reddish-brown, hard, heavy, durable, difficult to work, though taking a high polish. Because of its resins, it resists insects and water, and trees are harvested for the timber for boat-making, posts, buildings, water-pipes, well-planking, plows, cabinet-work, wheels, mallets and other implements. Wood yields excellent firewood and charcoal.
A. nilotica makes a good protective hedge because of its thorns. Hardy to zone 8 when mature, but young seedlings are frost sensitive.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.25
TRN620 Red Acacia ( Acacia pervillei )
This is the first time we have ever been able to offer a true red acacia. This is one of a handful of red-flowering Acacia known in the world. Locally abundant in dry savanna, woodlands and forests at low elevations in Madagascar, it grows into a scrambling shrub or small to medium-sized tree with finely pinnate foliage and bright red bottlebrush flowers.
Zone 9 and higher outside.
 5 seeds $5.95
2188 Fragrant Queensland Wattle ( Acacia podalyrifolia )
This large shrub, or slender small tree is highly valued for its decorative, rounded, silvery phyllodes and profuse, fragrant golden flower balls, in clusters that cover the tree from early winter into spring. Zones 9-11
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN488 Acacia redolens
Standard form, taller than the Acacia redolens prostata. Used as a groundcover, good on slopes. Full sun, sprawling shrub evergreen 2-5' tall; 6-2' wide. Fast growth rate. Small yellow flowers. Woody trunks. Drought, heat tolerant. Native to Australia.
Cold hardy to 15 degrees.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRN486 Weeping Acacia ( Acacia salicina )
This fast-growing, thornless tree is native to Australia. The upright growth and pendulous branches create a weeping silhouette. Long, Narrow gray-green foliage enhances this effect. This tree requires well-drained soils and deep, but widely spaced irrigation to prevent wind-throw. Pale creamy white flowers in the spring are followed by woody bean-like pods.
For zones 8a-11b.
 5 seeds $2.95
2186 Goldenwreath Wattle ( Acacia saligna )
A fast growing small tree to about 20 feet wit a spreading crown, pendulous reddish branches, and blue-green long curved leaves. Named for it's bright yellow to orange flower heads in later winter-spring that are used to make natural wreaths. Zones 9-11.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
D9640 Gum Arabic ( Acacia senegal )
Few people know that this tree produces the flavoring for most popular soda pops including the top two sellers. Besides that, it is a beautiful tree with a flatten crown and attractive grey-green foliage. Will grow to 30' outside or can be container raised inside. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 8-10.
  Package of 3 seeds $2.50
2190 Paperbark Thorn ( Acacia sieberiana )
A flat topped tree from Ghana. Blue grey pinnate leaves, cream flowers. The name Paperbark Thorn comes from the flaking, peeling bark of the tree. The thin canopy allows a good lawn to be grown under the plant, making it a good yard specimen.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN490 Sweet Acacia ( Acacia smallii )
Sweet Acacia is currently one of the most popular residential trees being planted across the southern states, and for many good reasons! Its compact size and tolerance of ridiculous heat and poor soil make it useful for almost any situation; residential, commercial or otherwise. The real reason for this tree's popularity, however, is the abundant display of extremely fragrant, golden yellow puffballs in early spring.
Hardy to zone 7.
 5 seeds $2.95
2189 Umbrella Thorn ( Acacia tortilis )
Very fragrant white to pale yellow flowers, on a small tree growing to 25 ft. or more with an umbrella shaped crown. Has spiny branches, seed pods are tightly spiraled. The flower clusters of this tree are most unusual as they hang down from the canopy in large balls. Pick one of these balls and carry it into a room and it will fill the room with a sweet perfume fragrance.
Does very well in arid climates, hardy to 18 degrees.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
W259 Fever Tree ( Acacia xanthophloea )
An ornamental tree which tends to grow in swampy areas in the Southern and Eastern Africa's. The tree has a somewhat yellow bark from which its Latin name derives. The common name is 'Fever Tree', as at the time European settlers believed that malaria fever stemmed from these trees, instead of the real culprit that inhabits the same swampy areas: mosquitoes.
The fever tree is an exceptionally attractive tree and is often used to decorate gardens and urban landscapes. Its contrasting bark, feathery foliage, and architectural attributes make it an eye-catcher and thus suitable as a focal point in a landscape. A fast growth rate of approximately 4-5 feet per year under ideal conditions make this plant a good candidate for gardeners and landscapers who want quick results.
This plant has root nodules containing nitrogen fixing bacteria as do most members of the Mimosaceae family and these play an important role in the nitrogen enrichment of soils which then has a positive impact on the growth of plants around the fever tree. The dappled shade underneath the canopy is ideal for smaller plants which require protection from the full brunt of the suns rays but still require sufficient light.
The fever tree is relatively easy to propagate. Before sowing, the seed should be soaked in hot water overnight. This causes the seeds to swell and usually by the next morning they are ready to be sown. Seed can be sown in seedling trays using a well drained seedling medium and then covered lightly. When the seedlings reach the two-leaf stage (approx. six to eight weeks after sowing) they should be transplanted from seedling trays into nursery bags, taking care not to damage the long taproot. Seedlings and young trees transplant well.
This tree can tolerate moderate frost is considered cold hardy down to 25 degrees.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50