Senegalia greggii

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Botanical Name: Senegalia greggii
Common Name: Catclaw acacia

Uncommon. Our only native Acacia. Fragrant fuzzy flowers. Use as a specimen or an informal hedge. Spines on branches make this a great security planting. Birds use for shelter and building nests. Quail eat seeds.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10-15' H x 10-15' W
Growth Habit: Upright, mounding
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 5000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Light yellow
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Mojave and Sonoran deserts
Natural Habitat: Rocky hillsides, flats, and washes. Elevation: 300-4200'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "An interesting deciduous shrub from the Colorado Desert. Rather sprawling in habit, attaining a height of 4 to 7 feet and occasionally more, its branches being armed with short curved prickles. Leaves pinnate in 2 to 3 pairs; flowers light yellow. Particularly well suited for planting in arid sections. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
Other Names
Acacia greggii
1993 Jepson Manual Treatment
USFS Fire Effects Information System
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
California Native Plant Link Exchange