Vachellia sieberiana

Water Needs

moderate

Vachellia sieberiana
Tree medium
Paper-bark Thorn

6 - 10 m

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

hardy

Flowers

cream- yellow; spring

feature tree; slope bank; dry soils; sun; wildlife birds insects bees butterfly host

Garden Situation

Habitat

woodland forest; grassland; coastal kzn; bushveld

Region

highveld; bushveld savanna; subtropical east coast

Rain Season

summer

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Description

Acacia sieberiana, the popular Paperbark tree, is one of the few Acacias that grows well at the coast. Its’ flaking bark in shades of brown, cream and yellow, is one of the main reasons for its popularity. It is a favoured habitat for many insects and lizards and for this reason insectivorous birds can be spotted rootling around inside the bark in the hunt for a meal. The flat- topped canopy provides only a dappled shade and wild grasses and shrubs are easy to grow in this light shade.

Vachellia sieberiana
Vachellia sieberiana