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Vachellia schaffneri (Schaffner's wattle)
Anderson, Wynn

Vachellia schaffneri

Vachellia schaffneri (S. Watson) Seigler & Ebinger [excluded]

Schaffner's Wattle, Twisted Acacia

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Acacia schaffneri, Acacia schaffneri var. schaffneri

USDA Symbol: VASC4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Bipinnate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 25 feet tall, often much shorter.
Fruit: Black

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: South Texas, per ARS GRIN.
Native Habitat: Mixed-brush communities,variety of soils.


Use Ornamental: Can be used as landscape, ornamental or hedge plant in xeriscapes and rock gardens.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds
Deer Resistant: No

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX


Bibref 305 - Field Guide to Common South Texas Shrubs (1997) Taylor, R.B., J. Rutledge, & J.G. Herrera
Bibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Vachellia schaffneri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vachellia schaffneri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vachellia schaffneri


Record Modified: 2019-06-20
Research By: DEW

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