How to Draw a Mesquite Tree

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Mesquite Tree in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Mesquite Tree.

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How to Draw a Mesquite Tree - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the roots. Draw two small slanted lines spaced out from each other. In the middle draw a few more slanted lines that are spaced out but connect at the top.

Step 2: Next, draw the trunk. From the top of the very far root on the left, draw a long line that slants toward the right. From the top of the very far root on the right, draw another long line that slants toward the right but make a small dip inward in the middle. Now draw a long skinny oval in the middle of the trunk.

Step 3: Then, draw the branches. From where you stopped drawing your trunk, draw a slanted line going outward from both sides. Leave a small space and draw a small line mirroring the slanted line you drew on the left. Leave a small gap and draw a “V”. From the left side of your “V” draw a line that mirrors the slant of the “V” and then mirror the slanted line you drew on the left side.

Step 4: Now, draw the twigs. Draw a few slanted lines coming off of all your branches. Add some small “V’s” to the end of some of those slanted lines.

Step 5: Lastly, draw the draw the leaves. Outline the surrounding area around your twigs and branches by drawing small humps all around. Add a few slanted lines with small lines going straight through to the bottom of the tree to make the leaves pop out.

Interesting Facts about Mesquite Trees

Mesquite Trees are desert trees that are known for sucking up all the water around them and their sharp thrones. They grow in the American southwest and Mexico. Mesquite Trees grow to about 30 feet tall. They have long narrow leaves that are actually smaller leaves alternating up a stem. They grow to 3 inches and are really sharp. The thrones are also 3 inches long! Mesquite Trees may look vicious, but they really bring a lot to the area they live.

Did you know?

  • Nicked named “The Devil’s Tree” because it sucked up all the water in the ground around it. This greedy gulping would kill off other plants near it.
  • Mesquite Trees improve the soil quality around them. They trap nitrogen in the dirt, which makes it super healthy to grow plants.
  • Mesquite beans were an emergency food source during pioneer days.
  • Mesquite leaves were once soaked in water to use as eye drops.
  • Mesquite seed pods can wait to release their seeds! They have been known to wait up to 40 years!

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