Native to South America, the Chilean Mesquite tree is a fast growing and low maintenance tree that provides good shade in the summer. Being a desert type plant, it has low water requirements and can survive in hot, dry environments. This tree can grow either as a multi trunk or single trunk and can reach a mature height of up to thirty feet. Its trunk appears twisted with dark, course-textured bark. Stipular thorns up to three inches long are variably present. In the spring, Catkin-like flowers appear that are followed by elongated seed pods that ripen and fall to the ground in the summer.