Water Needs

Light Needs

Common Name

Argentine Mesquite

Scientific Name

Prosopis alba

Botanical Pronunciation

PROS-oh-pis AL-ba

Plant Type

Shade Trees

Deciduous / Evergreen


Special Features

Edible seed pods (Beans)



Growth Habit


Growth Rate


Average Landscape Size

40' x 30'

Landscape Uses

Shade Tree

Care Information

Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth. Shallow roots and heavy crown growth lead to instability in high winds. Appears to be marginally hardy in St. George. Two out of three did not survive the 2015/2016 winter even though it was a mild winter.

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USDA Hardiness Zone

15° F, Zone 8b

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