Mesquite Texas Honey

Botanical Name: 
Prosopis glandulosa

A native to southwestern U.S., Texas, and Mexico.  Tall to medium size tree up to 30'.  Often multi-trunked with a weeping habit.  Leaves are a lime-green in color, pinnately-twice compound, with pinnae in one to several pairs.  Leaflets 4 to 30 per pinnae.  Leaves emerge late, usually after the last frost.  Spines slender but strong, 1/4" to 1 1/2" long, tapering gradually from base to sharp apex.  Flowers in spring are fragrant and yellow to white in color. Fruit is a tough, leathery, seed pod.

Plant Characteristics
Plant Category: 
Trees-Shade & Ornamental
Mesquite Texas Honey
Plant Type: 
Creamy white or yellowish, fragrant
Mature Size: 
30' x 20'
Very low once established
Full sun
Soil Type: 
Loam; sand; alkaline; well drained

The delicate weeping foliage, interesting asymmetrical form, and extreme drought tolerance makes this a great tree for the desert southwest.  The seed pods are slightly sweet and can be ground into a flour.  Cattle love to eat the seed pods and have assisted in the proliferation of this tree.