Catclaw Acacia as landscape 'tree'
About five years ago I scarified and planted what I thought was an Ironwood tree seed in my recently desert converted front yard. To my surprise (knowing that ironwoods are hard to germinate) it sprouted and has been growing ever since.
It is now a small tree (15' or so) and while I've been wanting a more natural look, have been pruning into a more tree-like form.
It became apparent as it grew larger (and faster than expected) it may not be an Ironwood. Given it's ferocious claw like spines and other characteristics I think it is a Catsclaw Acacia (Acacia greggii). It is certainly not an Ironwood.
I can either make this work as a front tree, which will require extra timing as this plant grows shoots in both the up and down direction, sprawling almost. The spines make this a careful chore.
Or I can remove it now before it becomes too much of a hassle to remove and replace with a tree of my choice. (ironwood or palo verde)
I really like to sprout plants, even trees as I feel it lends to the most natural root system for the locality, but may plant a more mature one to catch up on those lost 5 years.
Any input as to if Catsclaw Acacia is an acceptable landscape tree or if I'd be better getting rid of it for the long term.