The Silky thorn is best known for its velvety leaves and attractive bark appeal. The tree is medium sized, ideal for a smaller garden and can grow to a height of 5 – 8 m.
Hardy and drought resistant, the semi-deciduous Acacia has small, grey-geen, velvety leaves and the bark on a young stem is beautifully red. The mature bark has dark brown, rough strips with a rusty red background. The thorns or spines are long and straight, white in colour, with a reddish-brown tip.
From November to February white puffball flowers with a silvery sheen appear, grouped at the ends of the branches. These are followed by clusters of beige, woody pods that persist on the tree. The Silky thorn matures into a lovely flat-topped tree, reminiscent of the Paper Bark thorn. This is a wonderful garden plant that will attract a host of wildlife. It can be a focal point in your garden with its year round visual appeal.