Acacia tortuosa (L.) Willd.
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Mimosa tortuosa, Poponax tortuosa
USDA Symbol: ACTO
Huisachillo is commonly considered a shrubby version of Huisache. It has a broad range, found from southern Texas and southern Florida in the north, down through the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America to northern South America. In Texas, it is found on limestone soils in the Rio Grande Plains, where it can grow into a tree of 15 to 20 feet, and on the southern edge of the Edwards Plateau. Huisachillo tolerates more cold than the taller Huisache (Acacia farnesiana). Its seed pod is 2 1/2 to 3 inches long and is covered with downy hairs, while that of Huisache is glabrous, shorter, and much more woody and rounded.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Size Class: 12-36 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: FL , TX
Native Distribution: Southern Texas and southern Florida south through the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America to northern South America.
Growing ConditionsCold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
BibliographyBibref 297 - Trees of Central Texas (1984) Vines, Robert A.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Acacia tortuosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Acacia tortuosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Acacia tortuosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-05-12
Research By: TWC Staff