Previous species
Previous Species

Next Species
Next Species

Home Page

Order CD-ROMs from the site

Tell a Friend

Gardening Books

Gardening Catalogs


Cat Claw Acacia, Texas Mimosa
Scientific Name: Acacia greggii A. Gray
Family: Fabaceae
Cat Claw Acacia, Texas Mimosa (Acacia  greggii) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 10-13
USDA: 7-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 0F (-18C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun, takes reflected heat

Origin: Southwestern USA

Growth Habits: Deciduous, large shrub or small tree, fast growing up to 8 to 20 feet tall (2.4-6 m); curved spines.

Watering Needs: Drought tolerant when established, will look better if given occasional watering; drought deciduous

Propagation: Seeds that need to be scarified and soaked in water

In Phoenix, it is an easy to grow shrub or small tree. Its thorns make it useful for barrier planting, but prevent it to be used in a high-traffic area.

U.S.D.A. Drawing, courtesy Hunt Institute

Blooming Habits:
The Cat Claw Acacia bears rod-shaped, up to 2 inches long (5 cm) fragrant flower spikes in spring, and sometimes in the fall.

Fruiting Habits:

Sponsors: Michigan Bulb - 120 x 60 Lawns Banner! Gurney's 120 x 60 A

We do get a small commission out of these sponsors that helps financing the website.  Let us know if you are satisfied or dissatisfied of their services, since obviously we are trying to advertise only for reputable garden supply companies.  They might be helpful to get plants not generally available at the local garden center, getting a new and unusual gardening tool or get a discount Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscription.


Desert Tropicals Home Page | List of All the Plants | More in the Fabaceae family | Tell your friends about this page

Desert-Tropicals is dedicated to provide gardening advice, gardening ideas, and information about flower of all kind for landscape and collections. We try to check carefully the identification of the plants on the illustrations as well as the other information from the page, but occasionally errors do occur. if you notice anything that needs to be changed please contact us. Thanks.

1998-2005 Philippe Faucon, All Rights Reserved.