I love these plants - but here is the kicker I want to find a good mail order place to buy them from - any tips would be great! I would really love a good tip on where to get Mesquite trees (did I spell that right?) and some of the better agaves... Thanks Mitch
I have the Chilean Mesquites, but so far haven't gotten any seeds from them yet. They are newly planted last spring. If I get some seeds from them I would be happy to send you some. Don't know how long it would to grow them though.
75154, where is Red Oak? Is it really North Texas? I ask that because everybody I've talked to says mesquites never get to be trees up there. They take drought fairly well once established, but they need a good amount of water if they're going to get to be any size.
I have lived here in AZ for about 5 years now...and it took my DD 2 years to get me to call the Mesquite "trees" instead of "bushes"...I think we have 2 kinds of Mesquite in our land...I could look for seeds. They tell me mesquite takes the water from other plants planted aroung them. Jo
I forgot to add a source for Agaves: http://www.yuccado.com/ They're located just outside of Hempstead, TX - just 200 miles from you. They have what they call "Open Days" about once a month in season. If I lived in the area I'd make a weekend trip and visit them. They have a lot of great xeriscape plants.
Since mesquite trees spread like weeds here just wait a few months and I'll send you all the seed you could ever want. I have to dig out tons of seedlings all the time or I'd have a 3 acre thicket of nothing but mesquite.
I also recommend High Country Gardens as a source of xeric plants (see Terracotta, above). I don't think they have mesquite trees, but they do have many many other excellent xeric trees, shrubs, and perennials. I live in Santa Fe, where they are located, so I buy at the store rather than from the catalog, but all the plants I have bought there have been healthy and vigorous. Also, the staff are very knowledgeable. A great resource!
Mitch, if your still looking, there is a place in Dallas that sells them. Its called North Haven Gardens and they have a thornless variety. I'm not sure why everyone is calling them shrubs though. All the mesquites I see in Dallas are trees, not as tall as the oaks but a lot bigger than the Red Buds. I think they get a lot more vertical the more you water them.
Mitch, if you want to have a free one, you can come down here (about an hr. from you) this fall and dig some babies up. They have really deep tap roots, so I wouldn't advise moving a large one. But, you can have all the free ones you are willing to dig up. I'm south of Lake Whitney but 15 mi.north of Waco. We have tons of cedars and mesquites.
I thought I would like to plant screwbean mesquite as an ornamental until I found we had a pasture full of honey mesquite. The dozer dug up a 3' tall mesquite shrub w/ calipers less than an inch and the tap root was a cylinder of about 5" dia. and about 8" long - it was broken off at the bottom.
People talk about getting rid of mesquite around here like people there might talk about getting rid of fire ants. One of the most pop. ways is to soak the trunk (after chopping down) w/ diesel, wait a few days and soak it again, then wait a few more days and soak it again, then burn out the root. This method is difficult w/ a burn ban.
Why did you want a mesquite tree?
It is possible that you could grow a hawthorn - there are some natives to TX. They are butterfly host plants and bird trees for fruit and nesting. Also, Wafer Ash or Ptelea trifoliata - have one - very pretty - hosts 3 of TX larger swallowtails and is native to your area of TX - is nectar plant to many. Kidneywood is also native to your area and is a nectar source for btfl - open, airy foliage - can be trimmed to sm tree.
I love the way a mesquite looks, and the feeling of back home on the farm.. ... not to mention once it gets bigger you can harvest branches for smoking like my grandfather used to do. They are a great Texas native that I have grown up seeing and would love to have here to remind me of those days.
Ah, that I can understand.
You can have any of mine - we are going to pop 'em out anyway. But it sounds like you can get them quicker from hag49 or N. Haven Gardens.
Nothin' like a mesquite smoked dinner.