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Acacia Burkei

   (Family: Fabaceae)
Afrikaans: Swartapiesdoring, Basterknoppiesdoring, Enkeldoring English: Black Monkey Thorn Zulu: Umkhaya wehlalahlathi  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Tree No.: 161
Height: 6 - 12m
Spread: 5 - 9m
Special properties:
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Bark / Stem type    Has thorns / Spines
  Leaf info EDIT
Fruit colour
Sow seeds in Autumn
  Seed info EDIT
  The pods are found in drooping clusters and are reddish-brown, straight with a pointed tip and split on the tree. Fruits from December to May.
Description EDIT
A semi-deciduous single-stemmed tree which branches fairly high up. The main stem in young trees is yellowish with papery flakes and matures to be fairly smooth or course with longitudinal fissures.

The recurved thorns are dark grey.
Growing EDIT
This tree grows on a variety of soils.
Frost tolerant.
Distribution EDIT
Thornveld, mixed woodland and rocky slopes and is found from south-eastern Zimbabwe to Kwazulu-Natal.
History EDIT
A wonderful feature tree for the larger garden. It forms a dense shade, making it a useful addition to a car park.

A very popular subject for bonsai.

Said to attract lightning, gum is edible, medicinal, roots produce yellow dye.
The bark and roots are used to treat backache.

The hard wood is used for furniture and is termite resistant.
Ecology EDIT
Duiker, impala, steenbok, giraffe and Nyala feed on the leaves.
The seeds are also very nutritious for game.
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