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Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Fabaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large shrub-small tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Drought tolerant
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full Sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Moderately salt tolerant
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Acacia koaia
(koai'a, koai'e, koa'ohe, dwarf koa, lowland koa)

Koai'a grows in low land, coastal areas. Although it has a similar looking cousin, the koa tree, koai'a have shorter stature and the seeds are arranged differently on the pods. Both koai'a and koa are dominant species in Hawaii, and both are fast growing hardwoods that are prized for their beauty.

Plant Uses

  • Privacy-screening plant
  • Shade
  • Cultural significance
  • Nitrogen fixer
  • Woodworking

Dangers

None