This small, slow to moderate growing tree reaches 20 feet high and 15 feet wide. The standard trunk has gray bark and is low branching and upright, zig-zagging as it grows. It wants to be a shrub. It is evergreen to partly deciduous when subjected to frost.
Revels in heat. Hardy to cold, but becomes deciduous in the coldest winters.
Occasional deep soaking of the root zone. Accepts and will grow faster with moderate to ample. Once established, it can withstand periods of drought but will not grow as well.
Part, full or reflected sun.
Tolerant. Grows best in deep soil.
Has straight thorns, slow to develop.
Fragrant light yellow to creamy catlinlike flowers in dense clusters appear in spring, sometimes extending into summer.
Brown woody pods four to six inches long follow bloom and remain for a long period
Specimen for patio or garden. Silhouette against structures. Screen or barrier when planted in row or grouping.
Native of Texas and New Mexico. A member of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae) family.
Native, Desert Grassland, Desert, Desert Transitional.