Named for the small curved thorns it bears along its branches, Catclaw Acacia is often employed in natural areas as a large desert shrub or barrier, existing on rainfall alone. However, with a little bit of supplemental irrigation and selective pruning, this desert perennial is transformed into a small semi-deciduous tree that is packed with character and requires very little effort to maintain! The creamy yellow springtime flowers are enjoyed by gardeners for their pleasant fragrance, and by butterflies for their tasty nectar. After the flowers fade, you can enjoy watching families of quail flock to your garden to munch on Catclaw Acacia’s seed pods, which are one of the quail’s favorite sources of local food.
Height: 15 – 20 feet
Width: 15 – 20 feet
Bloom color: Cream Yellow
Flowering season: Spring
USDA minimum zone: 7
Cold hardiness: 0° F


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