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Vachellia choriophylla

Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, New Providence, Bahamas, 2012

General Landscape Uses: Accent or specimen flowering shrub or small tree.

Ecological Restoration Notes: In South Florida, naturalizing from cultivated plants well outside of its limited native range. Not recommended for general landscape use.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.

Description: Large shrub or small tree.

Dimensions: Typically, 8-12 feet in height; rarely to about 20 feet in South Florida. As broad as tall or broader.

Growth Rate: Moderate to fast.

Range: South Florida, Bahamas, and Cuba; in South Florida, native only to Key Largo in the Florida Keys. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Rockland hammock.

Soils: Moist, well-drained limestone soils, with humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Yellow.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

Fruit: Brownish pod (legume).

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides some food and cover for wildlife. Attracts pollinators.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

References: Ward & Ing (1997), Hammer (2004).

Comments: Listed as Endangered by the State of Florida and as critically imperiled in South Florida by IRC.

Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, New Providence, Bahamas, 2012

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: George D. Gann

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