Honey Mesquite

Prosopis glandulosa

Prosopis glandulosa, commonly known as honey mesquite, is a hardy, drought-resistant tree native to North and Central America. Recognizable by its spreading canopy and long, slender leaves, it produces sweet, edible pods.

Thriving in arid environments, this versatile tree provides food and shelter for wildlife and has cultural significance. Though considered invasive in some areas, it plays a crucial role in arid ecosystems and human livelihoods.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Central California, Arizona, Southern UT, NV and NM, Texas and into Louisiana
Family: Fabaceae
Size: Up to 30′ tall and wide
Sun: Full
Watering: Occasional summer watering as needed
Growth Rate: Fast
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature: Hardy to 20F
Pruning: Prune while young to develop a standard trunk and scaffold branches
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Fixes Nitrogen in the soil, great nectar plant for bees, habitat, pods for small mammals and birds
Notes: Fruit pods are sweet. Natural occurring varieties include glandulosa, prostrata and torreyana


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