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Acacia polyacantha

Mimosa

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to May
  • Height25m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPale yellow to creamy white
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Acacia polyacantha (Mimosa). Also known as Senegalia polyacantha. This species of tree will produce bipinnate medium green leaves and axillary spikes of sweetly scented pale yellow to cream-white flowers. The name polyacantha means 'many thorns' and the tree is covered with pairs of brown-black, hooked thorns.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Semi-evergreen, Tree

Origin

Africa, India, Indian Ocean, Asia.

Interest and use

In rural areas, the fragrant branches are placed in the rafters to ward off snakes. The root infusion is also used to treat snakebites, gastro-intestinal and venereal diseases. Also grown for timber and tannin and the gum is used in sweets and glues.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

When grown under glass grow in a loam-based compost with full light. When grown outdoors grow in a moderately fertile soil with full sun and a little shelter.

Propagation

You can sow the seeds in the spring, or root the semi-ripe cuttings in the early summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for red spider mites.

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