Thornless Chilean Mesquite
Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||PROS-oh-pis chil-EN-sis|
|Lore||Genus Prosopis includes the famous trees of the American Southwest that produce nutritious pods vital to the material culture of many Native American tribes within its range.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 30 ft. tall and wide with age.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.|
|Design Ideas||Few trees can rival this Mesquite for its light filtered shade. A great native of the Southwest that should be planted as groves to render patios and porches less vulnerable to oppressive heat. Plant in natural groupings for best results, or as a single specimen for front yard or beside a back patio. Keep away from pools because litter is a problem. The perfect tree for Santa Fe-style or drought-resistant gardens with a decidedly tropical flare. Particularly well adapted to Western native landscapes.|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Mediterranean, Rustic, Xeric|
|Landscape Use||Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Bird Friendly, Heat Loving|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.|
|Key Feature||Drought Tolerant Specimen Tree|
Thrives in lean, 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: 8 - 11