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Flat-Top Acacia
Scientific Name: Acacia abyssinica Hochst. ex Benth.
Synonym: Acacia xiphocarpa
Family: Fabaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13-24
USDA: 9-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 18F (-8C), loses its leaves around 28F (-2C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part sun, tolerates reflected heat

Origin: East Africa (from Ethiopia to Zimbabwe)

Growth Habits: Evergreen to deciduous tree, slow growing to 20 to 25 feet tall (6-7.5 m) or taller (up to 50 feet tall in the wild), 20 to 30 feet spread (6-9 m), open canopy, often flat-topped; no thorns; lacy feathery bi-pinnate leaves

Watering Needs: Moderate water use


The species epithet 'abyssinica', comes from the old name for Ethiopia.

Blooming Habits:
Creamy yellow puff balls, about 0.5 inch in diameter (12 mm), in spring to early summer. They are followed by a brown pod, 3 to 5 inches long (7-12 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

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