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Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE
  • SYNONYMS yes
  • 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