With so many new landscapes and fading health of some landscape trees in Houston (looking at you Japanese Blueberry). I present to you the 5 best trees for your Texas home. Then I will write a few of my favorite things about each tree.
Tree #1: Cedar Bark Elm
– a true area native, this quick growing tree can get up to 25 feet (not too tall) and give you nice shade with great shape and unique bark. Winged Elms, Lacebark Elm could be used as well.
Tree #2: Monterrey Oak
– A very well shaped and lovely fast-growing shade tree. Upright growth and evergreen leaf presence really set this tree above other and makes it a great buy for a shade tree need. Not very many problems either, can withstand drought and wet well.
Tree #3: Medium Sized Citrus
– They are lovely evergreen shrub/trees, they smell great in February, bees and butterflies love them, and they make delicious fruit. Limequat, Clementine, Satusmas and Mandarins would be my go to choices here.
Tree #4: Texas Olive
– Unique growth pattern and warm season white flowers, a classic. My grandparents had one of these in the center of their driveway circle at their farm; I’ll forever associate those pretty white blooms with my fond memories spend with them.
Tree #5: Chinese Fringe Tree
– Just an absolutely and truly beautiful flowering medium sized tree. Literally covered with white buds starting early in March. Add to that a very interesting silvery bark and sense shade supplying foliage and you’ve got a really amazing tree.
Thanks and I hope your garden is thriving.