Acacia wood - which care is necessary?

Anyone who has "acacia wood" surfaces at home has probably used robinia wood in almost all cases. The name acacia is used at least for the robinia. What care this wood needs, and what you can do to keep it clean and beautiful, you can read in this post.

Acacia or Robinia?

Genuine acacia wood is extremely rare and very expensive wood and has a mahogany-like character. The distribution is almost exclusively limited to Australia. Only a few of the numerous species of acacia trees even make wood with usable wood, which is hardly to find in the trade. Under the name "acacia" (also "mock acacia") in this country is almost always meant robinia wood. Although it is also one of the mimosa plants, but is only remotely related to the "real" acacia. For this it has a completely different characteristic as wood.

Care needs of Robinia wood

Robinia wood has a very high resistance. It is one of the few types of wood that belongs to resistance class 1 (highest resistance to natural influences). In addition, it is also extremely hard and completely weatherproof. It does not need any extra protection outdoors - except it is sapwood. Resistant is always only the heartwood of a wood species, the sapwood you should almost always protect (or not use).

Growing and oiling robinia wood

Robinia has a very interesting texture and initially a green-yellowish tone, which gradually turns into a golden-brown tone. The clear stripe drawing emerges more and more prominent with the aging process. These natural processes should not be hindered, however, treatment with hard wax or hard oil can be an important protection for the robinia wood.

Protection from graying

If you want to avoid the graying of robinia wood, it is best to use oils with an integrated UV protection. However, you should only use oils for grooming, which the manufacturer strongly recommends for use on robinia wood. Oil for acacia wood (real acacia wood) would be a completely different built-up oil (as long as you get a care oil for real acacia wood).

Real acacia

However, if you really have real acacia as wood at home, you can also save the graying protection. Real acacia needs no care, and does not age even after years.


When cleaning, you should be very careful in any case. Root brush and clear water are the best cleaners - only with heavier soiling you can use a (very mild) soapy water.

Tips & Tricks

In order to complete the confusion with the naming, real acacias are often called "mimosas" - but in turn have nothing in common with the real mimosa.

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