In the back yard there is a young Mesquite tree (Prosopis velutina). It sprouted as a volunteer a couple of years ago. It is in a very good spot for a tree; and though I water it reprehensibly seldom, it has grown tall enough to be just visible from the house.
This year is the first time I have seen it bloom. Of course, one has to walk right up to it to see the flowers. The inflorescences are large, but their soft yellow-green colors keep them hidden among the leaves.
The spineless Opuntia I had planted beside it did not survive last summer, which says much for the hardiness of the Mesquite. I am trying to keep an eye on it, as it will be so nice to have a tree in an otherwise entirely bare part of the property. Hopefully, with proper care it will grow into a canopy of shade.
The one difficulty with mesquite is that it is rather thorny, like so many desert natives. But it can make a handsome specimen tree despite its thorns and, for that matter, its proclivities for shrub-form in the wild. I've already pruned it up a little bit, informing it that it is now a civilized mesquite tree, instead of a wild bush. With the bloom this spring, it seems to have started on its way to being a real tree...
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