Whitethorn acacia
Acacia constricta

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Acacia (a-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: constricta (kon-STRIK-ta) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

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:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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:

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

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Nogales, Arizona

Peridot, Arizona

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Richmond, California

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 29, 2007, oldmudhouse from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Whitethorn Acacia is a deciduous shrub or small multi-stemmed tree, native to the Chihuahuan deserts of New Mexico and Texas, and the Sonoran deserts of Arizona and Mexico, elevations 1500-5000 feet. Grows in full sun and is tolerant of sandy or caliche soil with good drainage.

The tiny feathery foliage and soft puff-ball flowers are a nice contrast to the strong white thorns. (Not all of these plants have the white thorns theyre named after, especially if theyre older plants.) Young branches have a pleasing reddish brown colored bark, older branches are gray. The seed pods are long and slender, 2-5 long, and constricted between the seeds.

I added this plant to my desert yard because the seeds are supposedly a favorite food of quail. A prickly plant, but ... read more

Neutral

On Feb 12, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Also known as mescat acacia, largancillo, chaparro prieto, vara prieta and vinorama.

Neutral

On Aug 23, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Acacia constricta is Native to Texas and other States.