In the Spring, mesquite trees become clouds of yellow puff balls. When they fall, they turn the ground yellow underneath the trees. Mesquite seems best known as a source of charcoal for Barbecue fires. But the wood is hard and beautiful for woodworking also. Unfortunately, because there is so much of a demand for charcoal, the huge Mesquite Bosques (forests) have been decimated and most of the old trees cut down. If they were Redwoods, they might get a National Park, but because they are just old scruffy mesquite trees, no one cares.