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Acacia sieberiana

   (Family: Fabaceae)
Afrikaans: Papierbasdoring English: Paperbark thorn  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Height: 12m
Spread: 16m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
pH: neutral
Flowering time EDIT
                x x x  
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Flower scent EDIT
  Flower info
  Creamy to pale yellow
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type    Has thorns / Spines
  Leaf info EDIT
  Partially Evergreen
Fruit type EDIT
Fruit colour
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
Tree with flat crown growing to about 12m high.
Creamy-tan to yellow-brown corky bark.
Balls of creamy to pale yellow scented flowers are borne in spring to summer.
Growing EDIT
This tree is easily propagated from seed that has been immersed in boiling water and soaked overnight. Protect young plants from frost. They are suited to medium to large gardens. Allow these magnificent trees the space to show off their wonderful shapes - don't crowd and clutter them. However, on a large property, five to six trees planted fairly close together make an impressive group.
Distribution EDIT
This tree is found in woodland, wooded grassland and along riverbanks in South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, northern and eastern Botswana, northern Namibia and tropical Africa north to Ethiopia.
History EDIT
Acacia comes from the Greek akantha (thorn), sieberiana is named for Franz Sieber (1789-1844), a Bohemian botanist, traveller and plant collector.
In Central Africa, a bark/root decoction is used for inflammation of the urinary passages. Leaf, bark and resin are used as an astringent for colds/chest problems, diarrhoea, haemorrhage and eye inflammation. In Tanzania, bark is used to treat gonorrhoea. The edible gum is a good adhesive. Twine from the inner bark is used for threading beads.
Ecology EDIT
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