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Sweet Acacia - Vachellia farnesiana

Sweet Acacia - Vachellia farnesiana

PriceFrom $10.00

Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Sweet Acacia typically grows as a small to medium-sized deciduous shrub or small tree, reaching heights of about 10 to 20 feet tall, occasionally up to 30 feet.

•Phenology: Deciduous shrub or small tree with fragrant yellow flowers that bloom in late winter to early spring. Nitrogen fixing.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Late winter to early spring

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils; tolerant of various soil types

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.5)

•Moisture Requirements: Tolerant of drought once established; prefers well-drained soil

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Native plant gardens, xeriscapes, coastal gardens, naturalized areas

•Maintenance Tips: Low maintenance; prune as needed to maintain shape and remove dead or damaged branches; minimal pruning is typically required

•Considerations: Sweet Acacia is valued for its fragrant flowers, which attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, as well as its tolerance of drought and salt spray.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; typically not preferred by deer or rabbits

•Edible: While not typically consumed by humans, Sweet Acacia seed pods are edible and can be used in various culinary preparations.

•Medicinal Uses: Historically used by Native American tribes for various medicinal purposes, although specific uses may vary.

•Toxicity to Pets: Not known to be toxic to pets, but ingestion of large quantities of plant material may cause gastrointestinal upset.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Sweet Acacia is often found growing alongside other native plants in coastal habitats, including species such as Sea Grape (Coccoloba uvifera) and Seagrape (Vitis tiliifolia).

•Wildlife Benefit: Provides habitat and food for birds and other wildlife; the flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

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