Tender shrub or small tree
Description: Flowers resembling small, fuzzy, yellow pompons cover the stems of the plant in late winter/early spring; very sweetly fragrant
Habit: Reaches up to 12 feet tall and 3-6 feet wide
Culture: Prefers full sun or bright light indoors and dry soil; can be pruned to minimize size or trained as a standard; best grown in a pot and brought indoors during the winter months
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 10
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 Thomas 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.” A curious contradiction about the plant is that while its flowers are so sweet, its roots give off an offensive smell when disturbed. Prune freely during summer to shape the plant and keep it in bounds.