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Gardens featuring: Prosopis glandulosa | Texas Honey Mesquite

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Family: Fabaceae

Location: 2/4/2002

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.  Information by: PlantMaster

Notes: Frost tolerant to 0 F. Prosopis glandulosa v. torreyana is the Western Honey Mesquite. Thornless slections are availalbe.

Anatomy

Plant Type

Tree

Height Range

25-40'

Width Range

Flower Color

Yellow

Flower Season

Spring

Leaf Color

Green

Bark Color

Brown, Red

Fruit Color

Brown

Fruit Season

Summer

Culture

Sun

Full

Water

Very Low

Growth Rate

Moderate

Soil Type

Unparticular

Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry

Soil pH

Basic

Adverse Factors

Allergenic, Messy, Thorns/Spines

Sunset Zones

10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Susceptibilities

n/a

Tolerances

Heat, Saline Soil, Windy Conditions, Alkaline Soil

Design

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden

Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen

Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer

Location Uses

Background

Special Uses

Container, Shade Tree, Naturalizing

Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

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