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Common Hook-Thorn

Senegalia caffra

Also known as

Cat Thorn, Gewone Haakdoring, Katdoring (Afr.), UmTholo (Zulu), Motholo (N. Sotho), Morutlhare (Tswana), Mbvhinya-xihloka (Tsonga)

Full Sun
Easy care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Common Hook-Thorn Overview

This beautiful tree is the most common naturally occurring senegalia in the Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden. It may reach up to 14m and has an irregular, spreading crown. In some habitats it remains as a shrub. One of the most attractive features of the tree is the foliage which is bright green and feathery looking. The leaves are drooping which gives the canopy a lovely soft look. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape.

Special features of Common Hook-Thorn

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Common Hook-Thorn

Other uses