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How to Prune an Acacia Salicina

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Overview

Acacia salicina, also known as Willowleaf Acacia, is part of the Acacia family native to Australia. The trees are hardy down to 22 degrees F, which means they don't do well in areas with very cold winters. In fact, most Acacia salicina grow in desert areas, such as Arizona and Nevada. Acacia salicina have long weeping branches and can grow to 25 feet tall with a 15-foot-wide spread. Pruning Acacia salicina regularly helps maintain the tree's exotic, weeping appearance.

Step 1

Remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches at the trunk of the tree. Cut the branches off with a sharp set of shears that is large enough to fit over the entire branch.

Step 2

Thin the branches in Acacia salicina's canopy to allow for a greater weeping effect and decease the trees resistance to the wind. Remove about ¼ of the branches. Remove each branch at a junction where it meets another branch.

Step 3

Brush each cut with pruning sealant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not prune Acacia salicina during cold weather as it may cause frost damage to the tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Gloves
  • Pruning sealant

References

  • Acacia
  • Gardening in the Desert: A Guide to Plant Selection and Care; Mary F Irish; 2000
  • Willow Acacia Tree

Who Can Help

  • Plant: Acacia salicina
Keywords: Acacia salicina, pruning Acacia, willowleaf

About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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