Huisache

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Huisache

Vachellia farnesiana
Sweet Acacia, Cassie, Mimosa, Weesatch
25

30 feet
30

35 feet
Texas, Mexico and Central America
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Very Low
  • Flowering
  • Birds
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Full sun. Semi-evergreen in warm winters, with delicate fernlike foliage, fragrant yellow puff blooms and a spreading, vaselike shape. Young branches are fully armed with white thorns (the name is a Nahuatl term for “many thorns”) but these become less obtrusive as the plant matures.

Fast-growing and drought-tolerant, huisache provides easy, breezy shade and has been widely cultivated for perfume-making and as an ornamental. It’s often one of the first tree species to invade abandoned farm fields, so many Texans are more familiar with it as brush than as a specimen tree.

Maintenance

Huisache branches out low on its trunk, but early training can produce an upright, patio-friendly habit. Remove dangling “face-slapper” branches as needed; cut them back to the nearest limb.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Tree
Size:
25-30' H, 30-35' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
January, February, March
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
Thorns require careful placement and handling.
Coupon Eligible:
No

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