By Liz Baessler Mesquite trees are hardy desert dwellers that are most famous for their smoky barbecue flavor. They’re very nice and reliable to have around in arid, desert climates. But can mesquite trees grow in containers? Keep reading to find out if growing mesquite in a container is possible. Can Mesquite Trees Grow in Containers? The short answer is: not really. One of the major reasons that these trees are able to survive in the desert is their extremely deep root system, with a particularly long and fast growing tap root. If allowed to get to any size in a pot, the roots of container grown mesquite trees will start to grow around themselves, eventually strangling the tree. Growing Mesquite in a Container If you have an adequately deep container (at least 15 gallons), it’s possible to keep a mesquite tree in a pot for a couple of years.