Botanical Name: Acacia greggii
Common Name: Catclaw Acacia, Devil's Claw  
Plant photo of: Acacia greggii
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Water Saving Tip:

Water-wise plants can be beautiful as well as practical.

Ask at your local nursery for the types of plants that have minimal watering needs.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low, Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Silhouette


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses



Special Uses



Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies

Information by: Mary Irish
Photographer: Christina Bickelmann
  • Description

  • Notes

This deciduous shrub or small tree grows at a slow to moderate rate to 10' x 15'. Twigs and branches are armed with cat-claw-like curved spines. Creamy yellow rod-shaped flowers appear in spring. They have a pleasant fragrance. Great as a barrier plant. Accepts full or reflected sun. Requires little care.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.