A picture of a Babul

Babul

Vachellia nilotica

Also known as

Gum Arabic Tree, Thorn Mimosa, Thorny Acacia, Egyptian Acacia, 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

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

13m

Max

7m

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Babul

Acacia nilotica, Wonderboom Natuurreservaat

Babul 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 Babul

Seed

Cuttings

By seed, suckers and cuttings.

Suckers

Special features of Babul

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Babul

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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