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Acacia greggii     
Cat claw acacia   
Fabaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: large shrub or gnarled small tree; multistemmed
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: 10-15ft, spread to 25ft
Leaves: bipinnately compound, 1-3in long, gray-green
Flowers: yellow oblong puff (like chimney sweep brush), sometimes cream colored; bloom in early summer; strongly scented
Fruit: typical legume pod, flat 1-3in long, 1/2in wide, reddish or brown, curls when dry
Stems/Trunks: attractive gray shaggy/rough trunk; stems have small curved thorns
Range/Origin: SW US and northern Mexico
Hardiness: to 0°F




Acacia tree
Acacia greggii
naturally multistemmed, sometimes trained in nurseries to single stem

foliage is sparser, leaves are smaller, and more off-green than Acacia smallii

wood is very dense, makes an excellent slow-burning heat for barbecues

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