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Thorny Acacia

Vachellia nilotica

Also known as

Gum Arabic Tree, Thorn Mimosa, Egyptian Acacia, Babul, Scented thorn, Egyptian Thorn, Egyptian mimosa

Babool (Acacia nilotica) flowers at Hodal W IMG 1163 by J.M.Garg (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

13m

Max

7m

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A Vachellia nilotica plant

Thorny Acacia Overview

Vachellia nilotica was previously known as Acacia nilotica. It is a tree species from the Fabaceae family, commonly known by the names Gum Arabic Tree and Thorny Acacia, amongst others.

How to propagate Thorny Acacia

Seed

Cuttings

By seed, suckers and cuttings.

Suckers

Special features of Thorny Acacia

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Thorny Acacia

Grown as a medicinal plant for various ailments including scurvy, dysentery diarrhea, as an expectorant for coughs and as an antiseptic. Also grown for forage, fuel, as a windbreak and for woodwork.

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