AZ Arboretums

Prosopis glandulosa v. glandulosa

Texas honey mesquite

Common: Texas honey mesquite
Family: Leguminosae (Fabaceae)
Origin: Native throughout southwestern United States as well as Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and into Mexico
Temperature:  Hardy to 0 degrees
Light: Full or reflected sun to part shade
Soil: Most soils with good drainage and some depth
Water: Drought tolerate when established. Develops into larger tree with thorough soaking of root zone every month or two during warm seasons.

Spiny deciduous tree that grows at moderate rate from 15 to 50 feet. Wide crown to 30 feet. Bright green shiny leaves, fine textured. Branches often droop near the tips. In spring, drooping tassels of creamy white flowers appear, followed by seed pods 3 to 9 inches in length.

The Texas Honey Mesquite attracts a variety of wild life. As a dense multi-branched shrub or small tree, the underbrush provides refuge for small desert mammals. Rabbits will chew up the seed pods that fall to the ground by the end of summer, and birds seek out the seeds