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Guajillo, Berlandier Acacia, Thornless Catclaw, Mimosa Catclaw, Round-flowered Catclaw, Huajillla, Matoral
Acacia berlandieri

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Guajillo is famed for the delicious sweet honey made from its fragrant flowers. Normally a multi-trunked large shrub, it can be pruned to a small specimen tree. With its fern-like, lacy foliage, its open, airy, rounded form, and its creamy white spring flowers, guajillo is a desirable ornamental, useful as a hedge or fragrant speciman plant around pools or patios. It is native to dry limestone hillsides in SouthCentral and Near-West Texas, but is adaptable to many soil types as long as they are well drained. It prefers full sun, is drought tolerant once established, and is hardy to around 20 degrees F. Although guajillo does have thorns, they are small and not rigid and do not pose the menace of the thorns of other acacias.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub
large shrub
small tree

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: creamy white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: 4- to 5 inch-long pods

Height: 9 to 15 feet

Width: 9 to 15 feet

Plant Character: semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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