Acacia farnesiana (L.) Willd.
Frost-tender, medium-sized shrub or small tree with leaves bearing up to 8 pairs of pinnae, each with up to 20 pairs of leaflets, and sweet-scented, deep yellow flowers in summer. To 7m. [RHSD, Hortus].
Horticultural & Botanical History
Don describes it as being a native of St. Domingo but cultivated in Europe and Africa. It has become widely dispersed throughout Europe since it was introduced to Italy in c.1661. Johnson's Dictionary gives its date of introduction to Britain as 1656 and includes it in his list of most desirable Acacias. Saint-Hilaire Tr. pl.3/1825.
History at Camden Park
Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.8/1850].
Acacia farnesiana Wall. (1828-49) = Acacia planifrons Wight & Arn. See also Acacia linifolia (Vent.) Willd.
Published Nov 20, 2009 - 04:31 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 03:47 PM