I took a different path at White Rock Lake and found a beautiful tree ablaze in golden blossoms like I had never seen before. New species for me. Researched and turns out it is a very useful tree. The bark is used in medicines for its tannin content. The leaves are used as a flavoring for cooking, the pods can be roasted and eaten, the flowers are used for their oils in perfume, the foliage has a protein content of 18% and many animals use it for forage. The seeds are edible and can be processed and used as a cooking oil. The bark and fruit are used for dyes and inks, black.
Sweet Acacia Tree (Vachellia farnesiana)