Prosopis pubescens (Screwbean Mesquite)
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Screwbean Mesquite or Tornillo,
A small tree that grows fast, up to 33 feet tall and 20 feet wide. The yellow flowers bloom in spring and winter. It is deciduous in the winter. This plant has tightly twisted legumes (seedpods) which very much resemble turned screws.
Use with other Desert
trees and shrubs such as Desert Agave
), Elephant Tree
), Desert Lavender
or actonii), Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceus
), Beavertail Cactus
), Palo Verde (Parkinsonia sp.
), Joshua Tree
), and Mojave Yucca
- Full Sun
- Best in fast draining sandy or decomposed granite soil
- Water once a month once established
- Attracts butterflies
- Hardy up to 15 degrees
- Native to California