Prosopis velutina or “velvet mesquite” is a common tree found in low to mid-elevations in the southwest. Trees can reach as mucha s 50’ tall in mequite “bosques” or riparian areas, but are generally 15-20’ tall. They provide ample summer shade with spreading branches, are extremely tolerant of drought, and grow quickly when given regular deep watering. They also produce nutrient-rich edible seed pods that can be ground into a tasty flour. It is a fantastic tree for wildlife.