Silver acacia is often called mimosa among the people. This is an amazing evergreen tree that grows rapidly and has a spreading crown. The plant belongs to the Beaver family, spreads throughout Eurasia, but Australia is the homeland. Acacia silver rather unpretentious tree, which grows up to 20 meters in height.
Description of the plant
Acacia has spreading branches and leaves with a gray-green light plaque (for which it is called silver). The plant loves sunny, wellventilated areas. The tree trunk is covered with prickly spikes that perform the protective function. The leaves are very similar to the branch of fern. The diameter of the barrel is 60-70 cm, the bark and branches have a gray-brown or brown tint, there are many shallow cracks on their surface.
Silver acacia poorly tolerates cold weather, in particular low temperature, because it is just ideal for growing at home. However, the tree is quickly adapted and acclimatized, and can withstand up to10 degrees.
In the first year of life, the tree can grow up to one meter high, which confirms its rapidly developing properties. If it was decided to arrange acacia in the room, then a better place than a warm, bright and wellventilated area, simply cannot be found.
The flowering period of the plant begins in March-April month.
Features of growing acacia silver
Evergreen fastgrowing tree is quite resistant to drought and does not like abundant watering. With constantly wet roots and warm growing conditions, the process of rotting of the roots may begin. One of the pests of the tree can be spider mites, aphids and powdery worms.
Young acacia must be transplanted every year, when the plant grows up enough to carry out the procedure once every 2-3 years. A tree propagates with the help of seeds and cuttings. The plant reacts very well to fertilizer with minerals, in winter it is perfectly without top dressing.
Acacia’s medicinal value
A gum is often released from silver acacia cortex, which is used for therapeutic purposes. There are also a variety of tannins in the wood. From plant flowers, oil consisting of various acids, hydrocarbons, aldehydes, phenols and other substances is obtained. Acacia pollen contains flavonoid compounds.