Acacia Seyal

Tips for Growing Acacia Seyal

The Acacia Seyal is a type of tree that was actually mentioned in the Bible and one used by ancient Egyptians for making coffins.  This tree was also used by people in Nigeria who used stems to make shafts for their spears.  In addition to the wood being used for a variety of things, the gum produced by the tree is edible, the bark is high in tannin, and the leaves are used for fuel.  Today, the people of Africa use the Acacia Seyal to feed livestock, especially to put weight on sheep.

Interestingly, the Acacia Seyal tree is still a very important part of today’s society in the form of natural medicine.  For instance, because of the tannin in the bark, it is used to treat dysentery and a number of other illnesses.  The gum produced is used to treat chronic diarrhea, colds, and even hemorrhaging.  The wood of this tree is still used to reduce fever, as well as treat pain associated with arthritis.

The Acacia Seyal tree is of average size and the top is flat.  The bark of this tree is powdery, which ranges in color, sometimes an orange/red, a green/yellow, or even white.  The branches are sparse, which grow in a horizontal manner.  The young branches have tiny hairs and reddish glands.  The leaves of the Acacia Seyal tree feature one large gland on the petiole and then again between the top two pairs of pinnae.  In addition, the leaves have veins that run underneath although they cannot be seen.

In addition to the Acacia Seyal tree being attractive, it produces beautiful, vibrant yellow flowers with large heads.  These flowers appear on the shorter lateral shoots during the blooming season.  Typically, this tree is found in Mozambique, Zambia, and Malawi although hybrids are also grown in other parts of Africa.  Additionally, this tree can be found growing in Sudan, Senegal, and Egypt.  Depending on where the Acacia Seyal tree is grown, the various parts are used in unique ways beneficial to the environment, people, and livestock.

You would find the Acacia Seyal tree in grasslands with a lot of woodland.  In fact, one of the primary areas is along watercourses where black cotton soils have been flooded from hard downpours.  For this tree to survive, it needs heavy clay soil although because of it being so hardy, it can grow on stony ground as well.  The tree can also handle a variety of climates, ranging from subtropical to dry.  Because of its diversity, this species of tree tolerates all types of otherwise challenging conditions.

Each season, the wood, bark, pods, and gum are used from the Acacia Seyal tree.  In the country of Chad, the wood of this tree is highly sought after, being used as firewood.  While the Acacia Seyal tree is relevantly tolerant to insects, some 40 insect species can cause damage.  Additionally, 10 insect species of the Bruchid beetle damage stored seeds and fallen logs experience problems with wood borers.




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