Facts On The Acacia Plant
The acacia plant can be found all over the world and depending on where you live, it can be called different names. In Australia, the plant is referred to as a wattle, and in Africa and America it is simply called the acacia tree or shrub. It has thorns, so it can also be called a whistling thorn plant. There are over 1300 different species of the acacia plant and it is mentioned in the bible. It was thought that the arc of the covenant was made out of the wood of this plant.
The acacia tree has an unusual shape:
The branches and stems grow in an upward position and the foliage and flowers only appear on the tips of these branches making it a perfect choice for a shade tree. But this plant can be trained and kept as a smaller shrub.
The leaves are a collection of tiny thinner leaves that combine into one and they resemble a feather. They are light green in color and they give the plant a tropical look.
The flowers this plant produces are not similar to your everyday flower. They are made up of tiny blooms that cluster into one flower and the flower resembles a yellow fuzzy ball. When the bloom is a bud, it can be a white to light yellow color but as the bloom matures, it can turn out to be a golden yellow color.
Along with a being a unique and colorful plant, it is said that the fragrance of the blooms are pleasantly scented. In some parts of the world, the flowers are used in the production of perfumes.
Growing Conditions And Care Tips
This plant is a semi evergreen and it is easy to grow and maintain. But you may not be able to place your tree outdoors because it needs a warm climate to survive in.
Many types of plants cannot survive below freezing temperatures but this plant will not survive in any areas where the temperature goes below 64 degrees. This means that it cannot be grown in many areas and will not live through the winter months. It can, however, be kept indoors during the winter months and returned to the garden area in the summer.
Since the acacia plant likes a warm climate, it also likes to be in direct sunlight. Whether the plant will be placed in the garden or in a pot indoors, it must have a complete 6 hours of direct sunlight a day to be healthy. This helps the plant produce more blooms and keeps the foliage a bright green color.
It also helps to fertilize it at least twice a year. Use a low nitrogen fertilizer to give the plant more nutrients and this can also help to produce more beautiful blooms.
You should never water your acacia plant too often. It grows naturally in dry, hot places and it can develop root rot easily.
If you are keeping your plant outdoors, plant it in a slight hill. This way, the water will naturally drain away from the roots.
The roots on this plant have a tendency to spread out and grow rapidly. So, before you place the plant in the ground, make sure you have dug a deep enough hole to accommodate the roots. Remove all the rocks and small pebbles that can cut or damage the roots.
Certain species of the acacia plant can be poisonous to wildlife. If you have small children or animals that are going to be around these plants, make sure that you know what type of plant you are using. When you purchase your acacia plant, you can ask if it is harmful in any way.