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Mesquite

No tree is more indicative of the mid south and southwestern United States than is the mesquite.  Of the three primary species, the mesquite of central Texas is the honey mesquite.  It is actually a member of a family native to the arid tropics that has adapted to a temperate climate, and it has adapted well.  Many thousands of acres have mesquite as the dominant large plant, primarily spread from the south by grazing cattle.  The most common form is a large shrub with two to three trunks but may take a tree form with a single trunk, usually short and crooked before branching into equally crooked limbs. Since the deep-rooted mesquite takes a lot of water that could otherwise employ the growth of more desirable vegetation, much time, money, and resources have gone into trying to eradicate it.

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 A "not so typical" mesquite tree.  This one measures approximately 34 inches across the base with a trunk height of about 6 and a half feet.

 

 

If you happen to have a sizable one of these mesquites, wed like to help!  Getting a big enough chunk of mesquite to cut for lumber may take some doing and even then the battle isnt over.  It is estimated by many people who use mesquite that only ten to twenty percent of the tree is usable, as the wood is prone to have many flaws and defects, primarily separation along growth lines known as ring shake.  The wood is beautiful, ranging from a reddish tan to a dark almost maroon color often with swirling grain that takes a superb finish.  It is dense, heavy, and wears very well.  It is rated at about two and a half times as hard as oak and is one of the most stable of woods that will not crack, split, or warp when drying.

Pricing

As the quality of mesquite varies, so does the price.  We ask from $3.00 -- $12.00/bd ft.


 

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