From California Natives Wiki
Botanical Name: Senegalia greggii
Common Name: Catclaw acacia
- Uncommon. Our only native Acacia. Fragrant fuzzy flowers. Use as a specimen or an informal hedge. Spines on branches make this a great security planting. Birds use for shelter and building nests. Quail eat seeds.
- Plant Family: Fabaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 10-15' H x 10-15' W
- Growth Habit: Upright, mounding
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 5000'
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: Light yellow
- Endangered?: Not listed
- Distribution: Mojave and Sonoran deserts
- Natural Habitat: Rocky hillsides, flats, and washes. Elevation: 300-4200'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "An interesting deciduous shrub from the Colorado Desert. Rather sprawling in habit, attaining a height of 4 to 7 feet and occasionally more, its branches being armed with short curved prickles. Leaves pinnate in 2 to 3 pairs; flowers light yellow. Particularly well suited for planting in arid sections. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
- Other Names
- Acacia greggii