This attractive deciduous tree grows 30' tall and wide. Blooms in spring with pale yellow flowers followed by long, narrow bean pods in summer. Foliage is finely divided and compound, creating light shadows. Branches have 2" long thorns. Bark is reddish brown, rough looking with fissures. Taproots are considered invasive in some areas. It does best in full sun and tolerates most any kind of soil as long as it's not soggy. It is extremely heat and drought tolerant. Wood from this tree is used for furniture and cooking on a grill or open fire for food flavoring. It is also used for bonsai. Thornless varieties available.
Notes: Frost tolerant to 0 F. Prosopis glandulosa v. torreyana is the Western Honey Mesquite. Thornless slections are availalbe.
Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry
Allergenic, Messy, Thorns/Spines
8, 9, 10, 11
10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Heat, Saline Soil, Windy Conditions, Alkaline Soil
Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden
Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen
Container, Shade Tree, Naturalizing
Information by: PlantMaster
Photography by: Mountain States Nursery