Alternate name: Chaparro-prieto, Catclaw, Gavia
Family: Fabaceae, Pea view all from this family
Description Chaparro-prieto or blackbrush grows 5-15 ft. Prolific spikes of pale yellow, fragrant flowers are borne on the numerous stiff, thorny branches. The bark of this shrub is whitish in color. Its semi-evergreen leaves are dark-green, glossy and pinnately compound.
Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Deserts, Grasslands & prairies.
Comments Slow-growing but vigorous, blackbrush acacia suckers readily. These suckers can be removed at ground level. Pruning encourages dense branching and more flowers. This plant has been used both as an ornamental and for erosion control.
Exposure Preference Sun.
Flower March - June
Native Distribution Rio Grande Plain to Austin and Big Bend; adjacent Mexico
Site Preference Plains
Soil Preference Dry sand or limestone.
Wildlife Value Flowers are a source of honey.