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Acacia rigidula (Blackbrush Acacia)

Acacia rigidula
Blackbrush Acacia, Blackbrush, Chaparro Prieto, Gavia, Vachellia rigidula, Acacia amentacea

Blackbrush acacia is a semi-evergreen tree that grows slowly to 15 feet tall and wide. The small compound leaves are glossy and dark green. The bark is light gray with extremely thorny branches. Clear yellow, fragrant, rod-shaped flowers provide quite a show in the spring. It is heat and wind tolerant, and requires little additional moisture even in the low deserts. Surprisingly, it will perform well as a lawn tree. It is not picky about soil types but prefers good drainage. Plant in full sun and reflected heat locations. Blackbrush acacia grows on limestone hills in south and east Texas, at elevations between 1100 and 1800'.

Plant Type Native, Shrub, Tree
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 8 (10° F)
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Season Spring
Growth Rate Slow
Height 5'-15' (ft)
Spread 5'-15' (ft)
Spacing 10' (ft)
Characteristics Evergreen, Fruit & Berries, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Maintenance Average
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Specimen
Tolerance Drought, Heat
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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