Leslie Roy Mesquite
Prosopis x 'Leslie Roy' PP #23,360
Full sun, Partial sun
Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||PROS-oh-pis chil-EN-sis vel-oo-TEE-nuh)|
|Lore||The genus Prosopis includes the famous native trees of the American Southwest that produce nutritious pods vital to the material culture of many Native American tribes within its range, used for both food fiber and implements. The Pima Indians of southern Arizona referred to the mesquite as the Tree of Life. The Chilean mesquite has been widely planted in the Southwest and readily cross pollinates with the native species. Spontaneous hybrids have appeared naturally which display qualities of both ancestors. Like many members of the legume family, mesquites have the ability to restore nitrogen to the soil.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Fast growing; reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide.|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Mediterranean, Rustic, Xeric|
|Landscape Use||Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Rock Garden, Specimen|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Patent Act||Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.|
|Special Feature||Attractive Bark, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Heat Loving|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.|
|Key Feature||Drought Tolerant Specimen|
Thrives in lean to average, fast-draining soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, water only occasionally, as needed to encourage vigor; over-watering causes structurally weak wood. Fertilize lightly when new growth begins in spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 7 - 9