Latin Name:Irish Name:Native to Ireland?
Acacia No

About the Tree

  • The acacia is a thorny shrub. The genus of acacia covers a large number of species found in America, Africa, Australia and Polynesia.
  • Acacia is occasionally grown in Ireland for ornamental purposes.
  • The “False Acacia” is an acacia that is a native to North America (Robinia pseud-Acacia, L) and which was introduced to Europe in the 17th century.
  • Moses was given instructions to build The Ark of the Covenant from acacia wood.
  • The bark has medicinal properties.

About the Wood

  • The wood is fairly soft, pale and can have a nice looking grain.
  • Being easy to turn, it is perfect for newcomers to woodturning.
Acacia Negev Acacia tree in Makhtesh Gadol, Negev Desert, Israel
Acacia greggii thorns Acacia greggii thorns at the Springs Preserve garden in Las Vegas
Acaciasap Sap, from which gum can be made, oozing from Acacia tree in Phoenix, Arizona
About the TimberPedia

Know your wood! The Timberpedia is a broad resource that aims to catalogue all the major tree species in Ireland, containing information that we’ve gathered from over two decades maintaining our natural woodland and serving Ireland’s woodworking industry.

All written material is copyright © 2021 by the Lisnavagh Timber Project.