Splendid Thorn - Acacia robusta.
Acacia robusta is a medium to large deciduous thorn tree up to 25m in height. It has a very robust looking form, the Branches grow upright and are thick resulting in a flat crown.
Flowers are pale yellow puff balls which form along the branches in a spectacular display, they exude a sweet unmistakable Acacia scent in early spring.
Leaves are small, dark green.
Thorns are short. straight and white in colour up to 5cm long. Sickle-shaped seed pods form on the tree in summer.
The bark is blackish to brown in colour and very rough with longitudinal grooves in it.
Acacia robusta is a fairly common tree in the Northern Gauteng region as it prefers a warmer climate, but is fairly frost resistant when established. It is a fast grower. Easily confused with Acacia karoo but when in bloom is unmistakable and inemitable.