Although they have at best a rather rugged beauty in the wild, I have seen them growing handsomely in cultivation. They have the makings of a pleasant shade tree of small to medium height with a nice spread. However, they are thorny and their pods can create quite a litter, which I understand is attractive to rodents. To counterbalance these difficulties, there is no doubt that mesquite is hardy and well-adapted to the area and, as I say, it can be a very attractive tree when given some care. The leaves are finely divided but it gives the effect of a shadier plant than the other common tree of the area, the palo verde. Of which more hereafter!
Here are a few more photos from last spring. The flower clusters are profuse though their color is so quiet that one hardly notices the blooms.
Angular branches are set off by delicate leaves and flower clusters after a rainy season.