Honey Mesquite

Prosopis glandulosa

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  • Honey Mesquite | Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) Photo: Forest and Kim Starr
  • Honey Mesquite | Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) Photo: Forest and Kim Starr
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Basic Information

Order

Fabales

Family

Fabaceae

Size

12-36 ft

Leaf Color

Green

Leaf Arrangement

Alternate

Blooming Season

Late Winter - Fall

Bloom Color

Yellow

Attracts

Bees, Wildlife, Birds, Butterflies

Can I eat Honey Mesquite?

Honey Mesquite is historically a very important food source to Native American Tribes across the desert southwest.

Honey Mesquite Habitat

Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) is native to the southwest United States, as far north as Kansas and east as Louisiana. This hardy tree is heat and cold tolerant and requires full sun, low water and well-drained soils.

Honey Mesquite Facts

Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) is often seen in the desert southwest. This deciduous tree has bright green feathery leaves and when in bloom, tiny yellowish green fragrant flowers. Its fruit is a long yellow/brown pod that resembles a giant pea. Outside of its native range, Honey Mesquite is very invasive; the IUCN considers it one of the top 100 worst invasive species.

Honey Mesquite Distribution



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