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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Botanical Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    This unique subtropical plant was used in the West Indies for building enclosures. It is a multi-trunked thorny tree with yellow flowers through the winter.

    Latin Name

    Vachellia farnesiana



    Also Known As

    Needle Bush

    Type of Plant


    Bloom Season

    November - March




    Max Height: 35'
    Max Spread: 25'


  • Hedge

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun


    Do not ingest
    Harmful to pets


    Native Range

    Mexico and Central America


    Washington planted acacia in his botanic garden in 1785.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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