AZ Arboretums

Acacia stenophylla

shoestring acaciaCommon name: Shoestring acacia
Family: Fabaceae
Origin: Native to tropic regions of the world, including Australia, Mexico and southwestern United States
Sunset Zone: 8, 9, 12-24
Light: Full sun, part shade, reflected heat
Soil: Performs well in any soil type with drainage
Water: Moderate watering. Can stand longer periods of drought in winter. Popular tree known for its graceful weeping appearance. Source of light shade for sensitive underplantings. Nice evergreen screening plant that grows up to 30 ft with a spread of 20 ft. Medium height and fast-growing. Has narrow, drooping, blue-green leaves grow 6 to 12 inches long and contrast with marroon new bark. Similar in texture to palo verde, but not messy. Creamy flowers in 1/2" soft puff balls bloom in late winter and spring.

Its long narrow leaves make the Shoestring acacia unique among the numerous acacia varieties. One of the best trees to plant near pools. The light shade it provides is perfect for succulents, flowers and roses.