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asked in category: General Last Updated: 18th May, 2020

Is there a mesquite tree?

Mesquite is a common name for several plants in the genus Prosopis, which contains over 40 species of small leguminous trees. They are native to the southwestern United States and Mexico (except the creeping mesquite, which is native to Argentina, but invasive in southern California).

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Similarly one may ask, what kind of mesquite tree do I have?

There are three common species of mesquite: honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens ) and velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina). Mesquite beans, durable enough for years of storage, became the livestock feed of choice when pastureland grasses failed due to drought or overgrazing.

Likewise, do all mesquite trees have thorns? Most mesquite trees will have thorns which can be very long or short and very sharp. There are around 40 different mesquite varieties that are found all over the globe, but there are only 3 species that are native to Arizona.

Furthermore, are mesquite trees bad?

The sharp, thorny trees have a bad reputation among landowners in the Lone Star State, but they really don't deserve it. Mesquite roots can grow close to 200 feet underground and regenerate if the tree is chopped down making them pesky trees to remove. However, they have several uses that shouldn't be overlooked.

Where can mesquite trees grow?

The mesquite grows in the northern parts of Mexico including the Chihuahuan Desert, a mountainous desert region that is on the US-Mexico border. The mesquite thrives from its Mexican range all the way through Texas and up into the southwestern portions of Kansas.

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