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TreeBook: Tree Species Indigenous to Southern Africa,   indexed by Scientific name.

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Vachellia tortilis

Vachellia tortilis | Umbrella thorn | Striking focal point for a small garden

Umbrella thorn | Distinctive flat top thorn tree | Leeuwfontein Estates

Gardening ideas

Suitable for a small garden. The tree's striking umbrella shaped crown makes for a stunning focal point. Plant Vachellia tortilis in a pot if you have a very small garden

Vachellia tortilis

Umbrella thorn


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It is very hardy (min. temperature is -6C)

  • It will grow in soil type:

well-drained, sandy

Small: 6m high; 8m crown

  • Mature size?

  • Plant in container?


  • It's leaf growth is


  • It's growth rate is


  • It's roots are

slightly aggressive

  • It's drought tolerance?

Drought tolerant

  • Sexes?

Bisexual flower on same the tree

  • Birds?



  • Screening value?

  • Flowers?


  • Value to game?

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