Alternate name: Whitethorn, Mescat Acacia
Family: Fabaceae, Pea view all from this family
Description A 9-15 ft., multi-trunked tree with small, yellow-orange balls of fragrant flowers and finely segmented, pinnate leaves which fall off during dry seasons. Long spines on older growth. 2-4 in. beans ripen to bright red. Winter branches are purplish-colored.
Habitat Dry slopes; washes; mesas.
Range Texas to Arizona and Mexico.
Discussion Mescat Wattle, or Whitethorn, is found in the wild without thorns, so a thornless selection is possible. Its form is variable.
Comments Mescat Wattle, or Whitethorn, is found in the wild without thorns, so a thornless selection is possible. Form is variable.
Exposure Preference Sun.
Flower May - August
Native Distribution Texas to Arizona & Mexico
Site Preference Dry slopes; washes; mesas
Soil Preference Dry, sandy or limestone soil.