Acacia greggii var. wrightii
Ht. 15-30’ Spread 10-12’
Deciduous - Sun
ah-KAY-shuh GREG-ee-eye, WRITE-ee-eye
HABIT: Native to south Texas. Small tree with feathery foliage and fragrant flowers in the spring. It is thorny and thicket-forming, with a spreading, irregular overall form. Flowers are off-white to creamy yellow. Seeds are dark brown and shiny.
CULTURE: Extremely drought tolerant and needs little fertilizer. Can grow in rocky soils but adapts to fairly heavy clay soils as well if they are well drained.
USES: Small ornamental tree
PROBLEMS: Not widely available
NOTES: Flowers are fragrant and make a superb honey.
Over 1,200 species, 20 or so in cultivation, many are fragrant in bloom, should not be fertilized, as a group they are fast growing and short lived (20-30 years), fertilization and irrigation will shorten their life, generally propagated by seed, many do well in Houston