La Cresta Southwestern Landscape, Los Angeles
200 year-old Mesquite doors framed with Cor-Ten steel form the entry to the house courtyard.
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Early Texas cattlemen, however, were far less enthusiastic; in fact, they were downright antagonistic toward the hardy mesquite — it broke up the range and ruined the pasture. Worse, it was damned stubborn and nearly impossible to eradicate. Mesquite roots can clamor down 100 feet to find water, if necessary. And trying to yank a mesquite out of the ground is not only a Herculean task, it’s pretty much a futile exercise: The wide and deep root system simply pops out another tree.Mesquite flourishes in dense stands called bosques. In Texas those bosques are filled with honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), which makes up nearly 90 percent of the mesquite in Texas. Early Texans, however, tended to call their mesquite ironwood, not because it’s in the ironwood family — it isn’t, and ironwood trees grow only in the Sonoran Desert — but more as a derisive nickname: Mesquite wood is so dense and hard, it can break saws. Shown: A 200-year-old mesquite doorway framed in steel beckons visitors to the courtyard beyond.