Vachellia erioloba varies between a 2 m shrub to a 16 m tree. The young tree has a shiny reddish brown stem while mature trees have a dark brown, rough bark. Spines can be found at the base of leaves and often have swollen bases which can grow up to 60mm long. The branches are usually drooping and twisted. a Umbrella or rounded shaped crown is formed by hairless double compound leaves. The Camel thorn's leaves are somewhat larger than that of other Acacia trees and it is also unique with its light grey velvety seedpods shaped like crescent moons. Golden yellow, sweetly scented ball-like flowers can be seen between late winter and summer, attracting birds and insects. The pods are high in nutrients and are often eaten by livestock.
Vachellia erioloba is a slow growing tree that s extremely hardy, drought tolerant and can tolerate cold spells. It can be suitable for large gardens, where it might grow up to 8m in an urban environment. However its roots are somewhat aggressive and the tap roots have been found at 45 m depth in boreholes. A sandy or well-drained soil is essential. Keep on the dry side.
You may find stock of this plant at Random Harvest nursery.