Paperbark Thorn
Acacia sieberiana

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Acacia (a-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: sieberiana (sy-ber-ee-AY-nuh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Feb 3, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. It is native to South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, northern and eastern Botswana, northern Namibia and tropical Africa north to Ethiopia and can be found in woodlands, wooded grasslands and along riverbanks. The leaveas are blue-grey and pinnate. The branches and sometimes the leaves are covered with yellow hairs. Birds love to build their nests in it with Pied and Crested Barbets make their nesting holes in the trunks. The seedpod is often invaded by insects that feed on the seeds and eaten by stock, birds andgame. The seedpods contain prussic acid and may be poisonous. The gum it produces is edible and it is a good adhesive. Twine from the inner bark is used for threading beads.