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PlantFiles: Honey Mesquite
Prosopis glandulosa

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Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Prosopis (PROS-oh-pis) (Info)
Species: glandulosa (glan-doo-LOW-suh) (Info)

Synonym:Prosopis juliflora var. glandulosa

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Category:
Trees

Height:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Scarify seed before sowing
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Floridian On Sep 25, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Honey mesquite is a common shrub of the Mojave and Colorado deserts. It is a plant with a very deep root system (up to 150') that can extract water from the water table. It often grows in dense thickets near desert washes, but also occurs at the base of sand dunes and other areas where the water table is not far below the surface. Honey mesquite has long, flattened pods and elongate clusters of tiny white flowers. The large seeds are edible and are staples in the diets of desert animals.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Grenoble,
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Yorba Linda, California
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Mangum, Oklahoma
Mountain View, Oklahoma
Roosevelt, Oklahoma
Springer, Oklahoma
Alice, Texas
Brownsville, Texas
San Antonio, Texas



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