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Species Name: Prosopis pubescens
Common Name: Screwbean Mesquite
- Summer blooming small tree with yellow flowers. Fruit used as a coffee substitute. Recommended as specimen tree. Spines are good for informal barrier.
- Plant Family: Fabaceae
- Plant Type: Tree
- Height by Width: 10-25' H x 20' W
- Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branching
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
- Growth Rate: Moderate
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: Yellow
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: San Bernardino Mtns, Deserts
- Natural Habitat: Creek bottoms, sandy gravelly washes, ravines from 300-4000'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: Deciduous shrub or small tree with rather slender twigs bearing stout sharp spines. Flowers greenish yellow in spikes 2 to 3 inches long followed by pods curiously coiled into straight cylindrical bodies 1 to 2 inches in length resembling a screw. Indigenous to the desert regions and valuable for planting under similar conditions. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
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