- Type Flowering shrub
- Lifespan Perennial
- USDA Zones 9-11
- Light Full sun
- Water Drought tolerant
- Watch Out Thorny
- Design Tip Brightens dark corner
- Form Hedge, ground cover, tree
- Peak Season Spring flowers
Acacias: A Field Guide
Acacias have a worse reputation than they because the shrubs, trees, or ground cover plants can be thorny, invasive, and short-lived. But let us not overlook the fact that their spectacular (and often wonderfully scented) flowers can create a lovely focal point in a spot where other plants will not grow.
With easy-going personalities (acacias require little water, hardly any maintenance, and not fussy about soil conditions) and hundreds of cultivars (both deciduous and evergreen), acacias offer a wide range of choices for gardeners in warm climates. These natives of Australia and Tasmania thrive in USDA growing zones 9 to 11.