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Sweet Acacia

Acacia farnesiana

This tender Mediterranean tree is good for conservatories or bright windows indoors, where its fragrant flowers perfume the air in late winter and early spring. Called by Jefferson "the most delicious flowering shrub in the world," he also felt that Sweet Acacia was "the only plant besides the Orange that I would take the trouble of nursing in a green house." Its very sweetly fragrant flowers -- which resemble small, fuzzy yellow pompons -- cover the stems of the plant and bloom in late winter/early spring. A curious contradiction about the plant is that while its flowers are so sweet, its roots give off an offensive smell when disturbed.

Growth Type: 
Woody Shrub
Color(s): 
yellow
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
South Piazza (Greenhouse)
Planting Conditions: 
Full sun or bright indoor light
Blooming History: 
2003 Oct 31 to 2004 Mar 222004 Sep 2 to 2004 Sep 292005 Oct 25 to 2006 Apr 62013 Sep 9 to 2013 Oct 172014 Nov 18 to 2014 Dec 29
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