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Thornless Chilean Mesquite

Prosopis chilensis

Pronunciation: PROS-oh-pis chil-EN-sis
SKU #06684

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Description A heat-loving, drought tolerant tree with an open, airy, crown. Refined foliage and stems have a purple cast when young. An excellent specimen for a dry rock garden or waterwise landscape, or adjacent to patios or pathways in need of light shade. Planted in groups, the canopy filters harsh sunlight to reduce heat and glare. Semi-evergreen.
Light Full sun
Watering Once established water deeply occasionally.
Blooms Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 30 ft. tall and wide with age.
Deciduous/Evergreen Semi-Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Waterwise, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Spreading
Landscape Use Privacy Screen
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.
Flower Color Green
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Texas Ranger (Leucophyllum); Passion Flower (Passiflora); Yucca (Yucca); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Ground Morning Glory (Convolvulus)
Care 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.
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.

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