Many different species of trees can thrive in Texas. Knowing the most popular trees to plant in Texas will lead you to varieties that have a good chance to grow and provide enjoyment for years to come. Texas weather can be tough on trees, and the size of our state means different trees will do better in different areas. Here’s a list of trees to consider adding to your landscape.
Drought-tolerant cedar elms provide both shade and aesthetic interest. They’ll turn gold in the fall, and their seeds attract birds. They can grow very tall in a variety of soils across Texas.
Large, fragrant flowers and glossy dark green leaves make magnolias a showy selection for Texas landscapes. They love sun, and can tolerate soggy soil, too. They tend to drop leaves throughout the year, and create a shade shadow that makes it difficult to grow grass beneath them. The leaves they lose turn to nutritious compost beneath them, feeding the tree.
This tree loves sun, will tolerate drought, and displays gorgeous red, yellow, and orange leaves in the fall. It can grow in a variety of soils, and doesn’t get terribly tall so it sits nicely in smaller yards.
Native to Texas, the feathery leaves of the bald cypress give it a fairy-like charm. Best known as a tree that’ll thrive in Southern swampy areas, sending up conical “knees” for oxygen, bald cypresses can succeed in dryer conditions.
Live Oak and Burr Oak
The crown jewels of Texas trees, these popular Texas trees provide broad canopies and shade to the landscape. They are long-lived, strong, and provide shelter. The burr oak also provides acorns for hungry wildlife. Unfortunately, they’re susceptible to oak wilt disease. Live oaks should be cared for by knowledgeable arborists. A professional tree service in Austin should be familiar with the care and treatment of live oaks that adorn the area.