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ACACIA craspedocarpa

Image of Acacia craspedocarpa

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Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

ACACIA craspedocarpa

Plant Common Name

Leatherleaf Acacia

General Description

This unusual acacia is a small tree or large shrub with unique foliage and flowers. It is adapted to dry heat, so it’s perfect for dry southwestern gardens. Leatherleaf acacia is native to the interior of Australia where the seasons are long and dry. It is an upright grower with evergreen spatula-shaped leathery blue green leaves that are much larger than those of other acacias.

This tree blooms from winter into spring with unique flowers held at the ends of the outer twigs. Single stems are topped with small bottlebrush-shaped golden flowers that are highly fragrant. These are followed by round, flat seedpods which resemble the foliage and are retained on the plants.

Full sun and well-drained average to poor sandy soil are best for leatherleaf acacia. Though a great plant for arid gardens, reports suggest it grows more slowly on the coast than in hot inland regions. Its foliage is dense, so it is excellent for screening and wind control. With careful pruning it can be sculpted to acquire a more dense upright habit.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    16'-18' / 4.9m - 5.5m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Hedges, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No