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Acacia caven

a.k.a. Espino, Amorito

Medium sized subtropical tree having intense fragrant yellow blooms often planted as an ornamental.

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Medium sized tree or shrub, usually only to 8-10ft, but occasionally to 30ft. Branches have large spikes/thorns. Trees may flower throughout much of the year, and their small yellow flowers are quite fragrant and blanket the tree. Flowers are followed by hard shelled, black pod fruit.


The espinillo is highly adaptable to arid regions and can surivive temperatures to 10-15F.

Growing Environment

Can withstand drought conditions. Needs minimal water and minimal care when established.


By seeds.


Planted as an ornamental, or for its flower fragrance. Is thought to be a possible substitute for Cassie (Acacia farnesiana).

Native Range

Native to Peru, Argentina, and Northern Chile.

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