The acadia tree is one of the most popular exotic trees worldwide. It is part of the Mimosoideae family and was first found in Africa by a Swedish botanist in 1773. It was best known as a prominent tree found in large numbers along the Nile River. The name comes from the Greek word akis, meaning thorn. This is because the acadia tree contains thorns along with sap and leaves. The acadia is often referred to as a thorntree, whistling thorn, or wattle. The acadia species is primarily rooted in Australia with over 960 species. Worldwide, there are over 1300 species of acacia including Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
There are several different uses for the acadia. For centuries, it has been valued as a timber tree and has been used for shipbuilding due to its strong and durable nature. The wood from the acadia tree can easily last for 100 years and is extremely valuable for a wide assortment of timber uses. Aside from timber, the acadia can be used for food, medicine, perfumes, and ornamental beauty.
The acadia can be grown from a seed or from cuttings. It is a very resilient tree and can grow in any type of soil providing it is not too wet. The quality of the timber produced, of course, will differ based on the type of soil it is grown it. The tree is quick growing and can reach up to eighty feet in height with a diameter of up to four feet.