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ARGENTINE MESQUITE
Prosopis alba

Prosopis alba Prosopis alba Prosopis alba Prosopis alba

Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA

General Notes

A fast-growing mesquite. Shed old leaves as new ones appear.

Has thorns.

Native to Argentina.

Family: Fabaceae

Tree Characteristics

Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Deciduous to Partly Deciduous foliage.

Height: 20 - 40 feet.

Width: 15 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Blue Green, Bronze or Gold, Deciduous to Partly Deciduous.

Green or Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Brown Pod, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer Edible.

Bark Dark Gray, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 10 - 13 and 18 - 24.

Exposure Full Sun.

Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Neutral to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prosopis alba Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 25, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/prosopis-alba >

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