Screwbean Mesquite


Prosopis pubescens





Form: Small tree or shrub
Seasonality: Perennial
Size: 30 feet tall and 30 ft wide
Flowers: Small spikes of tiny greenish yellow flowers in spring and summer
Pinnate (
has a central axis or stem with parts branching off it), compound, little leaflets that allow sunlight to filter through providing dappled shade
Fruit: Twisted bean pod 2 - 6 inches long
Stems/Trunks: Multi-stemmed or single when trained, all with dark bark
Range/Origin: Arizona, Texas, Mexico and South America
Hardiness: Sunset zones 10 - 13, 18 - 24; USDA: 7-10 Hardy to 0F

Comments: Seasonal litter, thorns



  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Water: Low to regular
  • Soil: Sandy, well drained soils
  • Propagation: Seed
  • Maintenance: Some; pruning to remove dead or broken limbs, seasonal debris


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