Prosopis pubescens

Prosopis pubescens

Screwbean mesquite

Small to medium deciduous tree grows up to 15 ft. in height with an equal spread. Associated with desert riparian woodland and shrub habitats up to 5,500 ft. elevation. Adapted to a wide range of soil textures from sand to heavy clay, but does best in well-drained soils. Often found in slightly to moderately saline soils The common name refers to the unusual coiled fruits which are 1 to 2 in. long. Provides good cover for birds and small mammals, and the sweet, nutritious pods are browsed by livestock and wildlife.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
15 
- 25 
feet
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
- 5,500 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Marginal
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Best
Fine: 
Marginal

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Average
Basic: 
Best
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
60.70 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
14,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Yellow
Blooming Season: 
Spring