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Acacia caven
English Name:Roman Cassie/Aromita/Aromo Criollo
Some ornamental value (B)
Height: 3 m.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile). Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter. Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter. Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north. Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.
Tree Shrub Excellent germination capacity, over 80% Yellow, without information on the number of petals
Medicinal Fodder plant Industrial Use
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These seeds are generally restocked in: March

Seeds packet:

packetUS$ 5This item/quantity is temporarily out of stock.
One packet contains at least 40 seeds.

This is a small tree or shrub, quite common in Chile. It is easy to germinate and easy grow, it grows quite fast, reaching almost 2 m. by the end of the second year. It is not demanding in as far as soil is concerned, and requires little watering. It is not very hardy, but can withstand freezing spells.
The cultivation is rather straightforward, but bear in mind that the seeds must be scarified chemically or mechanically, otherwise the germination is very lengthy.
This species has many uses. It is a source of food for bees, the wood is used for making charcoal or simply as firewood, and since the wood is very resistant to rotting, the locals prefer it as posts for fences. It had in the past use for manufacturing leather (as tanning agent), and also because of its scent it may have uses in perfume industry. It is said to has some medicinal properties, its seeds can be toasted and used a coffee replacement, having digestive and stimulating effect. Accoridng to Juan Zin, the cooked bark applied superficially can heal soars and wounds.