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Catclaw Acacia, Wait-A-Minute Bush

Acacia greggii, senegalia greggii

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Tree, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines Yes
Size
In relative feet, width by height
10-20' × 10-20'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season April-June
Flower Color Cream
Minimum Temperature Range 0 °F
Leaf Description Stout compound leaves
Fruit Contorted brown seed pod with flattened tan beans
View on SEINet Acacia greggii
Senegalia greggii
Range Map Acacia greggii (SEINet Range Map)
Senegalia greggii (SEINet Range Map)
Ethnobotany A good choice for bee keepers because of the sweet flavor of honey produced by bees feeding on the flowers of this species. Wood can be used for tool making but the thorns make any such use difficult. Havasupai used in basket making.
Description This Plant can be a large shrub or small tree, differentiated from other species by its backward-curving, cat claw like thorns. Catclaw Acacia is found across most of Arizona along washes and flats. Aside from the thorns the plant can be recognized by its grey bark, small compound leaves, beans which twist and contort, and the pipe cleaner style cream colored blooms. This is a great pollinator plant, but best placed away from a walkway because of its sharp thorns, which catch and tear clothing.