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Catclaw Acacia

Acacia greggii

Mature Height*: 

15-20 ft

Mature Width*: 

15-20 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:

7 to 10

Hardy to: 

0°F

Water Requirements: 

Drought Tolerant

Shade Requirements:

Full Sun

Native to:

California, Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas and northwestern Mexico

Named for the small, curved thorns along its branches, the Catclaw Acacia is a native of the Desert Southwest. Its natural habit is a large, spindly-branching shrub that can hook you and hang on, so avoid planting it near walkways! With some training and pruning, the Catclaw Acacia can become an attractive multi-trunked tree with a flush of fragrant cream colored flower rods in spring. Irrigation is recommended for faster growth, but otherwise this plant needs no irrigation once established.

*Height and width estimated for growth in the Tucson, AZ area. True sizes may vary.