Acacia burkei flowers

Acacia burkei Swartapiesdoring (afrikaans)Black Monkey Thorn (english)Mokgwa (tswana)Umkhaya (zulu)

Taxonomy

Family FABACEAE
Genus Acacia
Specie burkei
SA Plant Number 161
Basionym Acacia burkei

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Description

Acacia burkei is a hardy, deciduous, medium sized Acacia that has attractive, large round leaflets.

Spikes of white flowers from October to January are followed by bright red pods.

This beautiful specimen tree gives dense shade but is a little slow growing.

The bark is attractively fissured and attracts Woodpeckers and Red Billed Wood Hoopoe that probe under it for insects.

Great to plant for that Bushveld feel.

Size: 6 to 12m

Wildlife

Butterflies:

It is host, among others, to Van Sons Playboy butterfly.

Birds:

Attracts Woodpeckers and Red Billed Wood Hoopoe

Uses

Bonsai:

A beautiful bonsai can be created from this tree.

Distribution

Limpopo, North West Province, Gauteng, Mpumalanga
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