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Prosopis glandulosa torreyana
Prosopis glandulosa torreyana

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Zones 10-13, 18-30
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Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Prosopis glandulosa

Honey Mesquite, Texas Mesquite
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Deciduous, Trees

PROSOPIS

Native to deserts in the Southwest, Mexico, and South America. Though hardy in other environments, mesquites are most commonly grown in deserts, where they are among the toughest and most useful of trees. Much of their success in these harsh conditions is due to their roots, which will travel great distances to find water (a trait that will cause problems if plants tap into drainage or sewer lines). Once established, these plants are highly drought-tolerant, but quickly adapt to regular lawn watering. In poor, rocky soil and without additional water, mesquites are shrubby; in deep soil where roots can reach ground water, or where irrigation is generous, they grow rapidly to about 30 ft. tall, with a picturesque, spreading canopy approximately as wide as high.

Prosopis glandulosa

Native to the southwestern United States, Texas, and Mexico. Often multitrunked, this 30-ft. tree’s bright green leaves and drooping branchlets give it something of the look of California pepper tree (Schinus molle). Cutting-grown ‘Maverick’ is a superior, thornless form. The subspecies P. g. torreyana grows naturally westward as far as California.

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