AZ Arboretums

Acacia constricta

Fremont cottonwood

Common: White-thorn acacia
Family: Leguminosae (Fabaceae)
Range: Western Texas, southern New Mexico, Arizona, northern Mexico and south to Zacatecas and Puebla
Sunset Zone: 10-24
Light: Plant in full sun
Soil: Sandy or caliche soil
Water: Good drainage

Large shrub 10' W x 15' H, occasionally a small tree to 18' H.

Fragrant, globose yellow flowers in spring and sporadically later; copious white, paired thorns on old wood; useful as hedge or barrier plant or as small tree; good honey plant; seeds eaten by birds, especially quail.

Leaves are tiny, feathery.

Open, spiny, deciduous shrub is valuable in natural desert landscape for texture, size, and summer flowers.