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Prosopis pubescens (Screwbean Mesquite)

Prosopis pubescens
Screwbean Mesquite, American Screwbean, Tornillo, Screwbean, Screwpod Mesquite, Twisted Bean, Fremont Screwbean, Strombocarpa odorata

This thorny, deciduous small tree or large shrub is native to the Southwest. It produces fuzzy yellow 2-inch long flower spikes from April to June, followed by fascinating coiled seed pods. Screwbean mesquite has a shrubby, multi-trunked form, and will require careful pruning to develop a walk-under canopy. The shaggy bark is a wonderful feature on older trees. It grows best in deep, well-drained soil and full sun exposures. It will accept ample water but is considered very drought tolerant. This plant is very tough and carefree, although mistletoe and scale infestations are possible.

Plant Type Native, Shrub, Tree
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low, Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 7 (0° F)
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Growth Rate Moderate
Height 8' - 30' (ft)
Spread 8' - 30' (ft)
Spacing 15' (ft)
Characteristics Fruit & Berries, Showy
Attracts Bees, Birds, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Dried Arrangements
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Image by: Wiki Commons
Image by: Wiki Commons

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