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Common Name Torrey Mesquite, Western Mesquite, Mesquite
Latin Name Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana
Native Habitat Below 5,000 feet in Chihuahuan, Mojave, Sonoran, and Lower Colorado Deserts
Soil Dry to moist, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, low to some organic content, well drained
Water Once per month
Height X Width 37 feet X 50 feet, usual 10 feet X 25 feet
Protective Mechanism Thorns
Leaves Lime green, winter deciduous, slow to leaf out in spring
Garden Suitability Fragrant, Songbird, Sonoran, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Yellow flowers in late spring, fragrant, seedpods are sometime scarlet
Nature Value Soil stabilizer, flowers used by butterflies and bees, beans eaten by birds and mammals
Native American Uses Beans ground into pinole, medicinal, bark used for basketry, cloth, and rope, wood used for firewood and making tools, gum used for glues and paint
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