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Cat Claw Acacia, Texas Mimosa
Scientific Name: Acacia greggii A. Gray
Synonym:
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:


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