Vachellia erioloba

Accession Count: 2
Common Name: Giraffe Thorn
Family Name: Fabaceae
Botanical Name: Vachellia erioloba
Synonyms:
Botanical Synonyms: Acacia erioloba
Family Synonyms: Leguminosae
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Characteristics: Acacia erioloba is an evergreen tree. It has leaves which are three fourths to one half an inches in length by three fourths to two inches long. The leaves have two pairs of pinnae with small, bluish-green leaflets and has flowers that are golden-yellow. 
Compound: Vac eri
Geographic Origin: Africa
Ecozone Origin: Neotropic
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Natural History: The giraffe thorn is native to Southern Africa.
Cultivation Notes: A. erioloba is a spreading tree that requires a lot of space, and full sunlight. It is an excellent shade tree. Older trees will develop a spreading, drooping appearance, and this plant may become deciduous during drought conditions.
Ethnobotany:

Height: 20 - 50 feet
Width: 50 - 100 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate Growing
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Flower Season: Summer
Color: Yellow
Function: Shade
Spread: Spreading
Allergen: Non-allergenic
Invasive: Benign
Toxicity: Benign
Hardy: Hardy
Water Use: Low water Use

Citations:
1. Timberlake, Jonathan, et al. Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe. CBC Publishing, 1999.
2. Johnson, Matthew. Desert Legume Program. Personal Communication.
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Vachellia erioloba