Sweet Acacia

(Vachellia farnesiana)

A close-up of the orange ball-like flowers of the Sweet Acacia.

There are four Sweet Acacia trees at the Center & Gardens. They are planted in front of the Center, creating four corners of the entry around the motor circle. This design element is a reference to the historic estate, where grapefruit trees in lava stone planters anchor the home’s motor circle.

These trees are most popular during their spring and fall bloom when their flowers fill the air with a sweet aroma. They have been cultivated around the world, but particularly in Cannes and other parts of southern France where their flower’s essential oil is harvested for use in perfumes.

The beauty of their scent is not lost on the pollinators, as this is a bee favorite.

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