Mesquite Control: Distribution in Texas


  • Mesquite has increased because of overgrazing by livestock, drought, and the cessation of natural intense fires.
  • Mesquite is a member of the legume family which is generally characterized by compound leaves and seeds contained within pods.
  • Four species of mesquite are found in Texas; honey mesquite is the most common species on Texas pastures and highway rights of way.
  • Mesquite is adapted to many environments. Special characteristics of its leaves, stems, roots, and seeds make it one of the most agressive, persistent, and important noxious plants on Texas pastures and highway rights of way in the western two-thirds of the state.
  • Under good growing conditions, juvenile plants may grow several feet tall in three to four years. Mesquite plant seedlings quickly develop deep taproots, then an extensive lateral root system.



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