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Shoestring Acacia

Acacia stenophylla

In stock

1 gallon; 5 gallon; 15 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:

Desert Adapted

Water needs:



Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun; Reflected Heat

40’x 30’


Flower color:

Flower season:


Creamy Yellow

Fall - Spring

To shape




Nectar pollinators:


Nighttime pollinators:


Rabbit resistant:


This fast growing, tough evergreen tree grows to 40 feet tall with an open, wispy, picturesque habit. Excellent for providing filtered shade while not sacrificing a view. The unusual grey "leaves" are less than 1/4" wide but often over 18" long, appearing much like a shoestring. The creamy yellow flowers are clusters of small balls along the stems from late winter through spring. Constricted bean-like pods are produced in profusion and can be a bit messy on patios and around pools. It tolerates heavy and wet soils, although it is very drought tolerant when established. Shoestring acacia is reported to be somewhat susceptible to Texas Root Rot and has a tendency to form weak “V” crotch branches. This Australian native looks great in groupings.

Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information

The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others! 


Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.


Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.

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