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Cat Claw Acacia

Cat Claw Acacia

Regular price $25.30 USD
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Plant Type: tree
Plant Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 10-20 feet
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Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Cat Claw Acacia, scientifically known as Senegalia greggii (formerly Acacia greggii), is a resilient and versatile plant native to the desert and arid regions of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. It is recognized for its distinctive curved thorns, which resemble a cat's claws, giving the plant its common name. This feature, combined with its hardy nature, makes it an excellent choice for natural fencing and desert landscaping.

Growing as either a dense shrub or a small tree, the Cat Claw Acacia reaches an average height of 10 to 15 feet, with the potential to grow taller under optimal conditions. It boasts a wide spread of about 10 to 20 feet, creating substantial coverage. The foliage consists of bright green, bipinnate leaves that provide a lush contrast to the arid landscapes it thrives in. During the spring and intermittently throughout the summer, the plant is adorned with fragrant, yellow, puffball-like flowers, which attract a variety of pollinators and contribute to its ornamental value.

The Cat Claw Acacia is well-adapted to full sun to partial shade exposures and prefers well-draining soil. Its deep root system enhances its drought tolerance, making it a sustainable choice for water-wise gardening practices. Despite its thorny nature, which may require careful placement in the landscape, it is an asset to wildlife gardens, providing habitat and food for local fauna.

In landscaping, the Cat Claw Acacia is utilized for its aesthetic appeal and practical benefits. It can serve as a natural barrier or windbreak, offer shade in garden compositions, and integrate well into native plant gardens, xeriscapes, and restoration projects. Its adaptability to various soil types, low water requirements, and the ecological value it adds, make it a valuable addition to sustainable landscapes in regions that mirror its native habitat.

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