All About The Acacia
Common Names: Acacia, Thorntree, Mimosa or Wattle
Origin: Native to tropical and subtropical regions such as Australia and Africa.
Height: 20 – 40 Feet Tall
Uses: As the bark of most acacia are rich in tannin, the acacia is often used in inks, glues, and pharmaceuticals. Various species of acacia produce a high-quality timber and are regularly used to craft beautiful home decor.
History, Fun Facts and Legends:
- Common food source for butterflies, giraffes, and zebras
- Used in Ancient Egypt to create a hemorrhoid ointment
- Mentioned in the bible as the material used to construct the Ark of the Covenant.
- The Golden Wattle with its beautiful yellow orbs is the national flower of Australia.
- Said to symbolize immortality, friendship, pureness, and fortitude
- The word Acacia comes from the Greek akakia which means ‘thorny Egyptian tree’.
- March 8 is International Women’s Day. In Italy, it’s better known as, la Festa della Donna, and is celebrated by gifting the fragrant yellow blossoms of the Silver Wattle as a sign of love and appreciation.
- Apryl Doster