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  Screwbean Mesquite (Tornillo)  
Common Name: Screwbean Mesquite (Tornillo)
Latin Name: Prosopis pubescens
Tree Size: Small
Leaf Type: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Slow
Water Needs: Moist
Tolerances: Salty soil or sea-spray, drought, poorly drained sites, alkaline soils (pH > 7.5)
Attributes: Texas native, attractive seeds or fruit, seeds or fruit eaten by wildlife
Features: Trunk shape; wildlife utilize the twisted seed pods; leaves cast a light, filtered shade.
Comments: Similar to Honey Mesquite, but suited more to moist sites in the Trans-Pecos.
Problems: Thorns; could be hard to find in nurseries.
Firewise: Yes
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